235 million Twitter users’ email addresses have reportedly been leaked by hackers and posted on an online hacking forum, according to a security researcher.
Alon Gal, co-founder and CTO of Tel Aviv-based cybercrime intelligence company Hudson Rock, said in a LinkedIn post on Wednesday that the leak ‘’will unfortunately lead to a lot of hacking, targeted phishing, and doxxing.’’
‘’This is one of the most significant leaks I’ve seen,’’ Gal added.
According to Troy Hunt, founder and CEO of Have I Been Pwned which lets users find out if their data has been leaked online, most of these emails had already been compromised elsewhere. ‘’…once data is out there it gets re-circulated and re-abused over and over again,’’ Hunt tweeted on Friday.
While reports about the breach date back to weeks ago, Twitter hasn’t shared a statement about it. Therefore, it is not known whether the company has taken any action regarding the issue.
There is currently no information about the identity or location of the leakers, but it may have taken place as early as 2021, before Elon Musk took over the social media company for $44 billion.
According to some of the reports that have been going on for weeks, the leak contains the information of 400 million users.