SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is the latest target of hackers.
The San Francisco company disclosed late Friday that its systems had been attacked by hackers and that nearly a quarter of a million Twitter users were affected.
The attack took place over the last week, Twitter said. The unidentified hackers may have had access to usernames, email addresses and other user information. The company has reset the passwords of the affected accounts. It is informing users by email.
"This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later," Bob Lord, Twitter’s director of information security, said in a blog post.