Hackers stole the e-mail addresses of greater than 200 million Twitter customers and posted them on an internet hacking discussion board, a safety researcher stated Wednesday.
In response to worldwide medi stories, the breach “will, unfortunately, lead to a lot of hacking, targeted phishing and doxxing,” Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybersecurity-monitoring agency Hudson Rock, wrote on LinkedIn. He referred to as it “one of the most significant leaks I’ve seen.”
Twitter has not commented on the report, which Gal first posted about on social media on Dec. 24, nor responded to inquiries concerning the breach since that date. It was not clear what motion, if any, Twitter has taken to analyze or remediate the problem.
Sources couldn’t independently confirm the information on the discussion board was genuine and got here from Twitter. Screenshots of the hacker discussion board, the place the information appeared on Wednesday, have circulated on-line.
Troy Hunt, creator of breach-notification web site Have I Been Pwned, seen the leaked information and stated on Twitter that it appeared “pretty much what it’s been described as.”
There have been no clues to the identification or location of the hacker or hackers behind the breach. It might have taken place as early as 2021, which was earlier than Elon Musk took over possession of the corporate final 12 months.
Claims concerning the measurement and scope of the breach initially various with early accounts in December saying 400 million electronic mail addresses and cellphone numbers have been stolen.