Security breaches and hacks are becoming too common especially with social networks. The latest to fall victim is Twitter.

Users’ accounts were attacked by the same hackers who attempted to breach the New York Times and Wall Street Journal recently.

Twitter reacted quickly to stop the attack, but 250,000 accounts had already been compromised. The affected users have now been receiving emails from Twitter advising them to change their passwords before they can login again.

In a blog post, Bob Lord (Director of Information Security at Twitter) said “a very small percentage of our users were potentially affected by this attack”. He also advised everyone to update their passwords to ensure they are secure. New passwords should include “a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols”.

This type of attack can be due to security issues with Java in web browsers. Apple and Mozilla (who make the Firefox browser) have disabled Java in their browsers already. Twitter advise us to do the same with other browsers to increase security.

Were you one of the unlucky ones to get their account hacked? Let me know in the comments below.