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SEOUL — South Korean police were investigating a hacking attack on an Internet provider that brought down the servers of three broadcasters and two major banks on Wednesday, and the army raised its alert level due to concerns of North Korean involvement.
“Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” read an email many Twitter users received Thursday morning. “We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.”
No, the email’s not a weird hoax — a lot of Twitter accounts’ passwords were indeed reset by the social media service — but Twitter now admits that the alarm bells rang a little louder than necessary.
It’s been a rough year for passwords.
First, 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked online. Soon after, millions of passwords from eHarmony and Yahoo users were published by hackers. These events exposed untold numbers of accounts to criminals, as many consumers use the same passwords across multiple accounts.
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A small Florida publishing company says the million-record database of Apple gadget identifiers released last week by the hacker group Anonymous was stolen from its servers two weeks ago. The admission, delivered by the company’s CEO exclusively to NBC News, contradicts Anonymous’ claim that the hacker group stole the data from an FBI agent’s laptop in March.
If you’ve got an online account with Best Buy, it might be best to change your password ASAP: hacking attempts of accounts on BestBuy.com are on the rise, and the retailer has alerted affected customers about the problem, via an email.