Twitter: No data breach from hack

The Syrian Electronic Army reportedly took over the site and prevented users from seeing images, but Twitter says no personal information was affected.

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Twitter assured users that a reported hack Tuesday did not breach user data.

After the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group boasted that it took control of Twitter's domain , Twitter noted in a status update that the only thing affected during the incident was users' ability to view images:

At 20:49 UTC, our DNS provider experienced an issue in which it appears DNS records for various organizations were modified, including one of Twitter's domains used for image serving, twimg.com. Viewing of images and photos was sporadically impacted. By 22:29 UTC, the original domain record for twimg.com was restored. No Twitter user information was affected by this incident.

When users accessed the Twitter.com site, images were missing and image links were broken. The incident did not appear to affect Twitter's mobile apps.

The Syrian Electronic Army also took credit for hacking several other sites on Tuesday, including the New York Times and the Huffington Post.

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