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Twitter says internal glitch exposed users passwords

A Twitter logo outside of the company's headquarters in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Twitter is urging its more than 330-million users to change their passwords after discovering a glitch on its internal computer network.

In a blog post, the company’s Chief Technology Officer said the social media network recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log.

“We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone,” wrote Parag Agrawal.

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

Agrawal explained that a number of passwords were written to an internal log before completing a process known as hashing, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are then stored on Twitter’s system.

Twitter did not say how many passwords were affected.