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Almost 33 million Twitter user names and passwords were put up for sale by a hacker on Tuesday (Jun 7), but the social media service said on Thursday that there had not been a systems breach Channel News Asia reported.

In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia, a Twitter spokesperson said: "We are confident that these usernames and credentials were not obtained by a Twitter data breach – our systems have not been breached."

"In fact, we’ve been working to help keep accounts protected by checking our data against what’s been shared from recent other password leaks," added the spokesperson.

Twitter trust and info security officer Michael Coates tweeted that the service securely stores all passwords with password hashing function bcrypt. "We are working with LeakedSource to obtain this info & take additional steps to protect users," said Mr Coates.

LeakedSource, a site which aggregates information of hacked accounts and websites, reported the leak on Wednesday, saying that they have "very strong evidence that Twitter was not hacked, rather the consumer was" and that the credentials in the leak were "real and valid".

"The explanation for this is that tens of millions of people have become infected by malware, and the malware sent every saved username and password from browsers like Chrome and Firefox back to the hackers from all websites including Twitter," said LeakedSource.

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