We have recently seen some high profile hacks, which includes accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the NFL and celebs like Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey and Tenacious D. Most of these hacks are linked to recent breaches on LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr platforms. Adding to that list is Twitter, and a Russian hacker Tessa88, who claims to have access to a massive database of Twitter users’ email addresses and passwords. Also Read - Twitter Bug Bounty Contest to offer $3500 cash prize for detecting algorithm biasAlso Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases rise
Tessa88 claimed that he got access to this database last year, which has information on nearly 380 million Twitter accounts, ZDNet reports. This incidentally happens to be more than the company’s 310 monthly active user base. LeakedSource, a platform that gives access to hacked data for a fee, however claims otherwise. Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
In a blog post, LeakedSource claims that the actual number of accounts is close to 32 million after fake and duplicate accounts were removed from the database. It further claims that Twitter wasn’t exactly breached, and the personal information was allegedly derived from computers affected by malware. Saved email addresses and passwords from various platforms, including Twitter, were sent to these hackers from these computers.
To help keep people safe and accounts protected, we’ve been checking our data against what’s been shared from recent password leaks.
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Despite not being as serious as the hacker claims, account information of more than 30 million users are still in danger of being misused. Twitter has been checking its own data against what was allegedly breached, and in the meantime, it would be a good idea to update your passwords and account information.
This follows recent high profile hacks, which seems like a chain reaction started with the LinkedIn breach in 2012. Recently, the company revealed that the breach had actually affected around 167 million accounts. Similar breaches took place on other platforms like MySpace and Tumblr as well, and most of these hacked databases are on sale online for anyone to buy and misuse.