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The data of 54 lakh Twitter users of the world was sold openly on the Internet! The company admitted the mistake of the software

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Highlights

  • The privacy of the accounts of many users was at risk at that time.
  • Online sales of data related to 54 million users
  • A large number of Twitter users are also celebrities.

If you also use the micro blogging site Twitter, then there is big news to warn you about the danger. The company has finally admitted that the privacy of several users’ accounts was put at risk last year when someone took advantage of a flaw in its software. However, Twitter did not confirm the report that the data has been offered for online sale due to this technical flaw, about 5.4 million users around the world. But it has admitted that its users were affected in the breach.

Data of many celebrities also leaked?

It is very worrying that the details of people using Twitter are at risk in this way. A large number of Twitter users are also celebrities. In such a situation, a lot of ruckus can also be seen if their data is leaked. 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 pseudonymous Twitter accounts.”

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Twitter did not tell the number

Twitter claimed not to be aware of the number of account holders affected by the incident, saying that none of the passwords were revealed. A Twitter spokesperson said via e-mail, “We can confirm that this had a global impact. But we can’t tell the exact number of people affected or their location.” Digital privacy advocacy group Restore Privacy said in a report released last month that the software was collected from the glitch. The details are being sold on a popular hacking platform for $30,000.

Revealed in January

In January this year, a security researcher pointed to this flaw in Twitter’s software. He was also given a reward of $5,000 for this. Twitter later said that the bug, 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.

Twitter gave this advice to users

Twitter has advised users to keep their identity anonymous. Along with this, he has also urged people not to give publicly known phone numbers or email address details in his Twitter account. Twitter said, “If you run a pseudonymous Twitter account, we understand the risks involved in such an incident. We are deeply sorry for such an incident to happen.”

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Shivam Bangwal

Shivam Bangwal is an Indian based entrepreneur who is a tech, travel and coding enthusiast with a post graduation degree on Master's of Computer Applications. He is a founder of Youthistaan, People News Chronicle, Hitchhike TV, Branding Panther and many more.
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