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Bitly warns that users’ account credentials may have been compromised

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Bitly, the URL-shortening service, has revealed on its blog a possible security breach, saying it has “reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised.” The reason for the concern isn’t addressed, however. Fortunately, the company doesn’t believe that any of the user accounts have actually been accessed by whomever caused the security issue, and the steps it has taken appear to be purely preventative at this point.

Bitly published an urgent security warning on Thursday explaining that it suspects that users’ account credentials have been compromised. The company noted that it has no evidence of unauthorized access to any accounts, but it disconnected users’ Facebook and Twitter accounts just to be sure. Bitly said it has taken “proactive measures” to block the breach and protect user data. Unfortunately, the company’s statement isn’t very clear on what happened, so it raises a lot more questions than it answers. I’ve reached out to Bitly for more information, but for now, you’ll just have to trust Bitly that the steps it outlines in its blog will keep your account secure (and assume that it hasn’t been compromised already).


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