Micro-blogging platform Twitter has admitted that the privacy of several users’ accounts was at risk last year when a flaw in its software was exploited by a malicious person. Although Twitter has not confirmed the report that the data related to about 5.4 million users around the world has been offered for sale online due to this technical flaw, but it has admitted that it was involved in the breach. Users were impressed. It is very worrying that such details of people using Twitter as a platform for exchange of ideas are at risk in this way. The reason for this is that many Twitter account holders do not disclose their identities for security reasons because they fear harassment from oppressive authorities.
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- no one was able to reveal the password
- A Twitter spokesperson said via e-mail
- A researcher pointed to this drawback
no one was able to reveal the password
Jeff Kosef, a data security expert at the American Naval Academy, said in his tweet on this, “This situation is very bad for many people using the pseudonym Twitter account. Twitter said in a statement on Friday that a flaw in its software allowed a person to decide when logging in to determine which existing Twitter account a particular phone number or e-mail was from. joined. Due to this, account holders can be easily disclosed. However, Twitter claimed not to be aware of the number of account holders affected by the incident, saying that no password was revealed.
A Twitter spokesperson said via e-mail
A Twitter spokesperson said via e-mail, “We can confirm it had a global impact, but we can’t pinpoint the exact number or location of those affected.” . Restore Privacy, a digital privacy advocacy group, said in a report released last month that the details gathered from the software glitch were being sold on a popular hacking platform for $30,000.
A researcher pointed to this drawback
Actually, in January, a security researcher pointed to this flaw in Twitter’s software. For this, he was also given a reward of $ 5,000. Later, Twitter said that this flaw, which occurred during the June 2021 software update, was fixed immediately. Twitter said in its statement that it has come to know about the sale of data related to users. That said, a bad person had already taken advantage of this flaw before it was rectified. Along with this, Twitter said that it is informing its account holders about the incident of being affected in this matter.
The company said, we are issuing this information because we cannot verify every account that is affected. Especially we have special attention for people operating Twitter accounts under pseudonym because they can be targeted by the government and other parties. Twitter has advised users to keep their identity hidden. Along with this, he has also urged people not to give publicly known phone numbers or email address details in his Twitter account.