Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has urged all Twitter users to update passwords due to a technical glitch.
In a statement on Twitter on Sunday, the TRA said: “TRA encourages all Twitter users to change their account passwords due to a recent found bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. Moreover, TRA also encourages Twitter users to activate Two-Factor authentication.”
The glitch caused some passwords to be stored in readable text on its internal computer system rather than disguised by a process known as “hashing”.
Last week, the social network disclosed the issue in a blog post and series of Tweets on Thursday afternoon, saying it had resolved the problem and an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. Still, it urged all users to consider changing their passwords.
“We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone,” Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a Tweet. “As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password.”
Twitter hasn’t revealed how many users’ passwords may have potentially been compromised or how long the bug was exposing passwords before it found and fixed the issue. But the fact that the company is urging its entire user base to change their passwords indicates that it would seem to be a significant number of users.