At the moment, not a day goes by without a new scandal involving the short message service Twitter. According to an Israeli security researcher, there is said to be a huge Twitter data leak, with data from 400 million accounts being offered for sale.
Twitter data leak: 400 million account compromised
Since the Twitter takeover by Elon Musk, things have gone haywire at the short message service. Now, just after Christmas, comes word of a gigantic Twitter data leak as well.
As heise, among others, reports, Israeli security researcher Alon Gral came across a posting in a forum that he considers trustworthy. In the forum, the leaker addresses Elon Musk directly, offering to buy him the data of 400 million accounts in order to avoid punishment.
“Twitter or Elon Musk, if you’re reading this: You’re already risking a GDPR fine of 5.4 million violations,” according to the message in the post.
According to his own statement, the leaker claims to have obtained the data through a vulnerability of Twitter and proves the authenticity of the data by revealing about 1,000 accounts including email addresses and names. Among them are celebrities and companies like Steve Wozniak, Linus Tech Tips or basketball star Stephen Curry.
Allegedly, the data was leaked as early as the beginning of 2022. It is possible that the perpetrators exploited a security vulnerability, which Twitter itself confirmed in August 2022. However, the company has so far remained silent about the Twitter data leak.