Over 200 million Twitter users’ email addresses were allegedly stolen by hackers and shared on an internet hacking forum, according to a security expert.
According to a LinkedIn post by Alon Gal, co-founder of the Israeli cybersecurity monitoring company Hudson Rock, the breach will definitely lead to a sizable amount of hacking, targeted phishing, and doxxing.
One of the biggest leaks he had ever witnessed, according to him.
On December 24, Gal posted about the report on social media for the first time. Since then, neither Twitter nor questions regarding the breach have received a response.
What steps Twitter has done to look into or fix the problem are unknown.
Online users have shared screenshots of the hacker forum where the information initially appeared.
After viewing the exposed data, Troy Hunt, the creator of the breach-reporting website Have I Been Pwned, tweeted that it seemed to be “pretty much what it’s been described as.”
The hacker or hackers who were responsible for the intrusion were unknown, as were their names and whereabouts.
Before Elon Musk took over the business last year, in 2021, that might have occurred.
The scale and scope of the hack were initially the subjects of contradicting allegations, with early December sources asserting that 400 million email addresses and phone numbers were taken.
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic might become interested if there was a large Twitter breach.
The Federal Trade Commission in the United States and the Data Protection Commission in Ireland, where Twitter’s European headquarters are situated, are both looking into Twitter’s adherence to European data protection regulations and a U.S. consent order.
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