Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) users encountered a strange happening when they tried to sign in on the microblogging site. The issue has since been resolved, and the company blamed it on a bug on its front-end code. The problem occurred when the hacking of Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) is trill fresh on the minds of many, raising speculations about Twitter also being under hacking threat.

For several hours, Twitter was inaccessible for some users, especially on mobile and some other third-party apps. Even users on Twitter’s Web interface encountered challenges signing in to the service. Users raised the alarm over the sign-in problem on Twitter, but the company didn’t acknowledge the issue until after some time.

Problem solved

When it confirmed the existence of the problem through its Status blog, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) said its engineers were working on the issue. It assured that things would be back to normal in a matter of time. That did happen, and those who couldn’t sign in to Twitter were able to do so.

Besides the sign-in problem, some Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) users have their posts backdated by one year. It seemed as though servers of Twitter believed that it was already 2015.

The Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) sign-in hitch mostly affected Android users as those on iOS reported that they could still access the site.

Cyber threats

Following the devastating attack on the system of Sony Pictures, hitches such as the one that Twitter suffered likely remind users of unending cyberattacks. It is believed that Sony was attacked over its controversial film known as The Interview. The film is about an assassination plot against the ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un.

User acquisition

The quick resolution of the sign-in issue and the date problem on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) succeeded to take away concern that was building among Web users that the company was under attack. Twitter is thirsty for users and issues that impact sign-in on the platform likely hurt user acquisition. The company has in the recent times witnessed a slowdown in its user growth, raising concerns about the amount of time that it would take the company to become profitable.