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Overview of the data breach on Twitter:

  • Who: Twitter has confirmed that a data breach exposed the personal information of 5.4 million of its users.
  • Why: The data breach resulted from a vulnerability that allowed anyone entering an email address or phone to discover the Twitter handle associated with that information.
  • Where: Consumers around the world use Twitter.

Twitter has confirmed that a data breach exposed the contact details of 5.4 million account holders on its social media platform.

The stolen data, which links phone numbers and email addresses to Twitter accounts, is believed to be for sale on a hacking forum for an asking price of $30,000, Restore Privacy reports.

The data breach is believed to have occurred due to a vulnerability in Twitter’s platform that was discovered in January, and which Twitter has since acknowledged and patched.

The vulnerability allowed anyone entering a phone number or email address to find the logged in Twitter ID, even for users who had chosen to hide that information in their privacy settings, RestorePrivacy reports.

It is speculated that the hacker may have obtained email addresses and phone numbers from other data breaches and used that data to find associated Twitter accounts, according to RestorePrivacy.

There is currently no way for Twitter users to know if they were affected by the Twitter data breach. 9to5mac reports.

The Twitter data breach comes after the company settled allegations that it covered up a drop in investor engagement

Last year, Twitter agreed to pay $809.5 million to resolve investor claims that it was trying to conceal a decline in user engagement by not reporting timeline views and by being intentionally vague about how its user metrics work.

Investors had argued that Twitter’s alleged actions of not honestly reporting the amount of engagement it had on a daily and monthly basis served to artificially inflate its stock price. The company has denied any wrongdoing

Meanwhile, in 2020, Twitter faced a separate class action lawsuit accusing it of fraudulently obtaining phone numbers that were then allegedly used for advertising purposes.

The Twitter user behind the class action claimed Twitter violated a Washington state privacy law and misled her by allegedly falsely assuring she would. be in control of how the business might use their phone number.

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