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China may (or may not) be behind the Twitter hack

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You may not have heard, but roughly 250,000 Twitter accounts may have been compromised by hackers. There's a theory that -- if you read between the lines -- Twitter is implying the Chinese are to blame for compromising their security. 

Twitter revealed that roughly a quarter million accounts may have been compromised by hackers in a blog post Friday evening. (A classic Friday evening news dump if there ever was one; they got a $10 billion valuation the same day.) 

Bandits might have made away with "usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users." They think. A Twitter representative stressed to the Verge that they're still investigating; there's a chance we're all safe. 

But was China behind it all?! That's an emerging theory. We don't know who was behind it. Twitter doesn't say directly. None of the usual suspects have claimed ownership of the attack. (Yet.)

Read more at The Atlantic Wire

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