Bitly Web-Url Shortening Service Accounts 'Compromised'

User accounts on popular web-link shortening service Bitly may have been compromised.

Bitly Chief Executive Officer Mark Josephson announced this in a blog post today.

He however noted that, though "no indication at this time that any accounts have been accessed without permission" proactive efforts are being taken "to ensure the security of all accounts."

All accounts have therefore been disconnect from automatically posting to Facebook and Twitter and users will now have to reconnect them.

"We invalidated all credentials within Facebook and Twitter. Although users may see their Facebook and Twitter accounts connected to their Bitly account, it is not possible to publish to these accounts until users connect their Facebook and Twitter profiles," Mark wrote.

While providing a set of steps to be taken by account owners, the company says it is working hard to protect all accounts.

"The team has been working hard to ensure all accounts are secure."

"We have already taken proactive measures to secure all paths that led to the compromise and ensure the security of all account credentials going forward."

Bitly shortens more than one billion links per month, for use in social networking, SMS, and email.

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