In the latest salvo against the social media giant, a US-based company has begun cracking its own passwords in an attempt to stop hackers from accessing the company’s internal systems.
The hack, which has not yet been disclosed, was revealed by The New York Times on Wednesday, in what is being described as an unprecedented move by the social network to crack its own systems in an effort to protect its systems from the “invisible” intruders.
The attack comes just two weeks after a security researcher revealed a massive database of US employees’ emails.
In a blog post, The New Yorker, the company behind Twitter’s internal security, wrote: “It was our intention to keep this private and avoid leaking too much.
However, after careful review, we have determined that a large number of accounts are vulnerable to an attack on our systems.”
A spokesperson for Twitter said that it has been unable to determine the nature of the hack, and that it is working with the US government to address the problem.
The company said that while the breach was not directly related to the breach revealed by the security researcher, it is not “likely” to be fixed.
“The company has implemented a number of measures to address this vulnerability, including adding a new layer of authentication, as well as creating an automated process to handle new requests for access,” the spokesperson said.
Twitter has not commented on whether it has also cracked passwords for the company, which was founded by co-founder Jack Dorsey in 2006.
Earlier this year, the New York Post revealed a huge trove of internal emails from Twitter, revealing how Dorsey, who is also a co-owner of the company and its parent company, is pushing to take control of the social networking site and turn it into a search engine.
A month earlier, it was revealed that Dorsey had created a company called Xero to develop “a decentralized digital advertising network” and had previously set up a business model based on “re-using advertising revenues.”