What is suspected to be the cause, is users recycling passwords. In the week of “mega breaches”, hundreds of millions social media accounts had their credentials posted to the dark web. It’s likely that hackers were able to get into certain Twitter accounts via reused passwords that have been linked from other platform breaches. All they have to do is find repeating email addresses, and use the passwords provided on the dark web, and more often than not – they will be able to get into multiple accounts.
Any Twitter accounts that were verified as having their credentials stolen, have been notified to reset their passwords immediately. “The purported Twitter @names and passwords may have been amassed from combining information from other recent breaches, malware on victim machines that are stealing passwords for all sites, or a combination of both. Regardless of origin, we’re acting swiftly to protect your Twitter account.” [i]
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[i] Quote found on Twitter blog: https://blog.twitter.com/2016/keeping-your-account-safe