Twitter claims that hackers did not gain access to a list of usernames and passwords that were published online by them by exploiting security flaws in the social media site.
A screenshot of the datasets, which include email addresses, real names, follower counts, and account creation dates, was published by BleepingComputer. Many of the emails mentioned there, according to the source, could be verified. The database is currently available for $2.
Twitter Data Leak
Troy Hunt, the man behind the Have I Been Pwned website, also claims to have found 211,524,284 different email addresses in the database. To check if your email address was stored in the database, enter it into his webpage.
Following claims earlier this month that a database containing the account information for more than 200 million Twitter users had been put online, the company announced it had conducted an inquiry.
The usernames and email addresses in the leak, according to allegations from security researchers and others, were gathered from a number of other, earlier Twitter breaches dating back to a fault in Twitter’s systems created in 2021 and corrected in early 2022.
The hole, which Twitter acknowledged had been used by hackers last summer, allowed anyone who entered an email address or phone number to Twitter’s computers to see what account, if any, those details were tied to.
The information is probably a compilation of information that is already freely accessible online from many sources.
Along with other cybersecurity professionals, Twitter has urged users to safeguard their accounts by using two-factor authentication and a strong password to thwart fraudulent log-ins.
Official Accounts Has Been Hacked
Two Cabinet ministers’ Twitter accounts have recently been hacked. The most recent incident occurs as the social media giant continues to be dogged by concerns about both its overall security and the direction of the platform under Elon Musk, who finalized his takeover in October.
Even though the fault that led to these data leaks was discovered long before Mr. Musk took control of the company, many experts are concerned about how many employees Twitter is losing right now and if the site can continue to be as secure with a much smaller team.
The jury is still out about Elon Musk’s leadership, according to Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan, who also noted that Twitter has relaxed its content moderation policies and allowed banned accounts, such as Donald Trump’s, to reappear.
After people supported him in an online ballot late last year, Mr. Musk promised to step down as Twitter’s CEO.
The billionaire has not specified a date for that change, merely stating that he would hand over daily operations of the website once he found someone foolish enough to fill the position.