According to a study by an Israeli cybersecurity monitoring firm, hackers acquired email addresses and other personal information from more than 200 million Twitter users and uploaded it on the dark web.
Hackers allegedly acquired the email addresses of over 200 million Twitter users and uploaded them on an internet hacking forum.
Previously, at least 400 million email addresses and phone numbers were allegedly stolen, with the identity and whereabouts of the hackers unknown.
The breach “will unfortunately lead to a lot of hacking, targeted phishing and doxxing,” Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybersecurity-monitoring firm Hudson Rock, wrote on LinkedIn. He called it “one of the most significant leaks I’ve seen,” reported Reuters.
Meanwhile, Twitter has yet to react on the problem, despite the fact that the report claiming the breach was published two weeks ago.
There were no hints about the identity or location of the hacker or hackers responsible for the intrusion. It may have happened as early as 2021, before Elon Musk took over ownership of the corporation last year.
The magnitude and scope of the hack were first disputed, with early reports in December claiming that 400 million email addresses and phone numbers were stolen.
A significant breach at Twitter may pique the concern of regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. Twitter has been monitored by the Data Protection Commission in Ireland, where it has its European headquarters, and the US Federal Trade Commission for compliance with European data protection standards and a US consent decree, respectively.