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Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

 Twitter 'confident' its service was not hacked


Twitter's trust and information security officer says he's "confident" the social media service was not hacked despite reports of a leak of user credentials.

In a blog post published last Friday, Twitter's Michael Coates says they've identified some accounts for "extra protection," and locked some accounts to require its owners to reset their password.

Concerns surfaced following reports that millions of usernames and passwords were made available for sale on the web. "We've investigated claims of Twitter @names and passwords available on the 'dark web,' and we're confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter's servers," he says.

Coates says the passwords could have been obtained a number of ways, including through other breaches or malware running on browsers that can swipe passwords.

"The recent prevalence of data breaches from other websites is challenging for all websites - not just those breached," says Coates. "Attackers mine the exposed username, email and password data, leverage automation, and then attempt to automatically test this login data and passwords against all top websites."

Coates encourages Twitter users to use strong passwords and enable login verification, where a user must type in a special code sent via text message to their smartphone to verify their identity. Several sites employ this security feature along with Twitter, including Facebook, Google and Apple.



 Probe calls Time Warner Cable's Internet speeds 'abysmal'


Preliminary results of a New York investigation found that Time Warner Cable gave customers far slower Internet speeds than advertised, resulting in movies freezing, websites loading endlessly and games becoming non-responsive.

The New York Attorney General's office disclosed the tentative findings in a letter last Wednesday urged Charter Communications (CHTR) to make major service improvements following its recently completed $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Approved in May by the Federal Communications Commission, the deal also included the Bright House Networks and created the world's second-largest cable TV and Internet provider. Charter is rebranding the companies under the name Spectrum. Time Warner Cable served 29 states, and provided video, high-speed data and voice service to an estimated 16 million customers.

"In short, what we have seen in our investigation so far suggests that Time Warner Cable has earned the miserable reputation it enjoys among consumers," Tim Wu, senior enforcement counsel for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, wrote to Thomas Rutledge, Charter Communications' chairman and CEO.

"In advertisement after advertisement, Time Warner Cable promised a 'blazing fast,' 'super-reliable' Internet connection," the letter said. "Yet it appears that the company has been failing to take adequate or necessary steps to keep pace with the demand of Time Warner Cable customers."

Preliminary results of the New York investigation found that Time Warner at times let connections with key Internet content providers become so congested that large volumes of data were regularly lost or discarded. This translated into degraded performance for customers who used popular on-demand video services, such as Netflix.