Twitter asks users to change passwords

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Twitter on Thursday apologized and asked users to consider changing passwords for their accounts after the company said it identified a bug in their systems that unmasked passwords internally.

The glitch was related to Twitter's use of "hashing" and caused passwords to be written on an internal computer log before the scrambling process was completed, the blog said. "We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows that there are no signs of penetration or misuse", - said in a statement.

Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.

First quarter revenues rose 21 percent from a year ago to $665 million, and the key metric of monthly active users increased by six million from late last year to 336 million. "We didn't have to, but believe it's the right thing to do".

He received some backlash from Twitter users after he tweeted that the company "didn't have to" tell users that their passwords had been stored in plain text in its system. It said that there was no evidence or indication that passwords had... But changing your Twitter password probably couldn't hurt.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which investigates companies accused of deceptive practices related to data security, declined comment on the password glitch.

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This way, no one at the company can see that information.

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Twitter and other social networks encrypt passwords through a process called hashing.

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