Hack Notice

Hack Notice: Twitter

Twitter

Source
https://privacy.twitter.com/en/blog/2020/an-incident-impacting-your-account-identity
Description
february 03, 2020 An Incident Impacting your account Identity On December 24, 2019 we became aware that someone was using a large network of sham accounts to exploit our API and mate usernames to phone numbers. We immediately suspended these accounts and are disclosing the details of our investigation to you today because we believe its important that you are aware of what happened, and how we fixed it. During our investigation, we discovered additional accounts that we believe may experience been exploiting this same API endpoint beyond its intended use case. piece we identified accounts located in a wide array of countries engaging in these behaviors, we observed a particularly high loudness of requests coming from individual IP addresses located within Iran, Israel, and Malaysia. It is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors. We are disclosing this out of an abundance of caution and as a affair of principle. When used as intended, this endpoint makes it easier for new account holders to find people they may already know on Twitter. The endpoint matches phone numbers to twitter accounts for those multitude who have enabled the Let people who have your phone number chance you on Twitter option and who get a phone number associated with their twitter account. multitude who did not hold this setting enabled or doh not get a phone number associated with their account were not exposed by this vulnerability. After our investigation, we immediately made a number of changes to this endpoint so that it could no longer payoff specific account names in reception to queries. Additionally, we suspended any account we believe to have been exploiting this endpoint. Protecting the privacy and safety of the multitude who expend twitter is our number one priority and we remain focused on stopping contumely of Twitters API as quickly as possible. You canful see more about our efforts to protect twitter from platform manipulation and state-backed activity in the twitter Transparency Report. Were very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day. You can reach out to our office of data Protection through this form if you have questions.

About HackNotice and Twitter

HackNotice is a service that notices trends and patterns in publically available data so as to identify possible data breaches, leaks, hacks, and other data incidents on behalf of our clients. HackNotice monitors data streams related to breaches, leaks, and hacks and Twitter was reported by one of those streams. HackNotice may also have the breach date, hack date, the hacker responsible, the hacked industry, the hacked location, and any other parts of the hack, breach, or leak that HackNotice can report on for the consumers of our product.

If you are a user of Twitter their products, services, websites, or applications and you were a client of HackNotice, monitoring for Twitter you may have been alerted to this report about Twitter . HackNotice is a service that provides data, information, and monitoring that helps our clients recover from and remediate data breaches, hacks, and leaks of their personal information. HackNotice provides a service that helps our clients know what to do about a hack, breach, or leak of their information.

If Twitter had a breach of consumer data or a data leak, then there may be additional actions that our clients should accept to protect their digital identity. data breaches, hacks, and leaks often trail to and do identity theft, account take overs, ransomware, spyware, extortion, and malware. account takeovers are often caused by credential reuse, watchword reuse, easily guessed passwords, and are facilitated by the sharing of billions of credentials and other customer information through data leaks, as the direct result of data breaches and hacks.

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