The personal information of 200 million Twitter users, including their email addresses were put up for sale after the security breach. exposed the personal data of 400 million users During the last week of December 2022.
The hacker responsible for the December leak had previously demanded $200,000 from Twitter in an attempt to return the stolen data, warning that if his demand was not met, the data would be released for free. The latest data published on a hacker forum refers to the same leak in December 2022.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON TWEET HACK: https://t.co/05z8gQm9ZW pic.twitter.com/8sGpIMuOeN
— Hudson Rock (@RockHudsonRock) January 3, 2023
Privacy researchers confirm that the data set leaked on a hacker forum is from the December incident. 200 million, in this case, due to duplication. The published data set does not contain phone numbers. The researchers warned that these data sets could be used to launch social engineering or “doxing” campaigns.
The dataset was originally 63GB, but after removing duplicates and compressing the files, the final dataset has been reduced to 4GB and is free to download.
The hacker also noted that an analysis of the original file dates and account creation dates “strongly suggests” that it was collected between early November 2021 and December 14, 2021.
Many Twitter users have demanded that the social media platform take care of security. Well, these hackers are “putting activists and whistleblowers at risk.”
I went to change my email address and Twitter is not working. This hack puts activists and whistleblowers at risk. https://t.co/5SrSejgvO6
— Ian Linkletter (@Linkletter) January 5, 2023
Some of the well-known and well-known names and entities include Sundar Pichai, Donald Trump Jr., SpaceX, CBS Media, the NBA, and the WHO. The vulnerability that led to the data leak has already been patched. But, back to the hacker, it turns out that the same vulnerability was used in another exploit in July 2022.
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