New Delhi: Amid chaos and Twitter hotline operator Elon Musk’s claim to reform and revolutionize the platform, nearly 5.4 million Twitter user records have been stolen through an internal flaw and posted online on a hacker forum. An additional 1.4 million Twitter profiles were collected through a separate Twitter application programming interface (API), in addition to the 5.4 million records for online sales. These accounts were reportedly shared privately among a small group of people.
According to Bleeping Computer, the vast amount of data scraped includes public data as well as private phone numbers and email addresses that are not intended for public use. The story was first broken on Twitter by security expert Chad Loder, who was suspended from the service soon after. ,ALSO READ: WhatsApp data breach: Here’s a step-by-step guide to check whether your data has been leaked,
“I recently became aware of a significant Twitter data breach that affected millions of US and EU Twitter accounts. I got in touch with a small number of affected accounts, and they confirmed that the theft was The information is true. This hack didn’t happen until 2021,” was a post from Lauder on Twitter. ,Read also: Attention! 3 major changes in December 2022 that will directly affect your finances,
The data containing personal information was retrieved in January this year, using a patch for a Twitter API vulnerability. According to the study published on Sunday, this data was collected in December 2021 through a Twitter API vulnerability that was made public through the HackerOne bug bounty program.
Most of the information was openly available, including Twitter ID, name, login name, location and verified status. Personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses was also included. Twitter and Musk have yet to respond to the report.
Pompompurin, owner of the Breached hacker forum, told BleepingComputer that according to the article, after another threat actor identified as “Devil” shared the vulnerability with him “they tried to exploit the issue and steal Twitter user details”. were responsible for creating the big dump.”
The study claims that the same vulnerability was used by hackers to create a data dump even larger than the 5.4 million records posted online. “We were told it contained over 17 million records, but we were unable to independently verify this,” the report said. Data from 5.4 million Twitter users was leaked online, and it’s only getting worse. Will happen.”