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Twitter has advised its 330+ million users to change their passwords, following the discovery of a bug that stored passwords in plaintext.

The company's notification came on the day designated as World Password Day.

In a blog post, the social media firm said while passwords were normally hashed using a function known as bcrypt, the bug had resulted in passwords being written to an internal log before the hashing process had been completed.

"We mask passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system," the post said.

"This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard.

"Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process.

"We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again."

Twitter said that its investigations showed no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.

Earlier this week, the code hosting site GitHub said it had exposed some users' passwords in plaintext after being written to an internal log.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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