Personal blog of Alex Muratov

Why is important to choose strong passwords

Posted on August 14, 2012 | in Uncategorized | by

Today I got an automatic email from Twitter:

 

Hi, alexvirt1

Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.

 You’ll need to create a new password for your Twitter account. You can select a new password at this link:

My first thought was about possible fraud, by it was completely legitimate email. I quickly changed my password and immediately noticed that few minutes before somebody posted on my Twitter the following message:

Sadly it was the truth: somebody was able to  hack my Twitter account and post  a malicious link.

Google shows that the mentioned malicious domain name was injected on many web resources during past two weeks. So the lesson learned – always use really complex password on publicly available resources (it was done a long time ago for email accounts) and change them at least from time to time.

Also I am very pleased to see that Twitter detected the compromise so quickly.

 

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