You can’t help but think about the many controversies surrounding TwitterA hacker claims that he is selling data from 400 million users to get the project to its final stage.
The data was allegedly captured in 2021 and obtained via an API vulnerability which has since been fixed.
The threat actor, who calls himself “Ryushi,” advised Elon Musk and Twitter to buy the data for the asking price of $200,000, or face a fine even larger than GDP.
Twitter data leak 2022
The threat actor wrote:
“Buying this data alone is the best way to avoid $276 million GDPR fines, like Facebook (given 533,000,000 users canceled), and then I will delete this thread so that I never sell this data again.”
Leaked data includes email addresses, usernames and follower counts as well as creation dates and phone numbers.
If a sale is not made to Twitter (or to any other party that needs the information), the hacker claims they’ll sell the data to multiple people for $60,000 each.
sleeping computer(Opens in a new window)Reports indicate that the API causing the vulnerability was fixed in January 2022. However, many threat actors are using it, putting over 400 million users at risk for phishing attacks and scams.
WhatsApp came under fire recently after a data leak exposed personal information on over 500 million users. However this is now believed by many to be a reusing of a leak from 2019.
TechRadar ProGet in touch with Twitter to get more comments about the threat.
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