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Massive Twitter data breach was far worse than reported, reveal security researchers

Added 11-25-22 10:31:01am EST - “A massive Twitter data breach last year, exposing more than five million phone numbers and email addresses, was worse than initially reported. We've been shown evidence that the same security vulnerability was exploited by multiple…” - 9to5mac.com

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A massive Twitter data breach last year, exposing more than five million phone numbers and email addresses, was worse than initially reported. We’ve been shown evidence that the same security vulnerability was exploited by multiple bad actors, and the hacked data has been offered for sale on the dark web by several sources.

It had previously been thought that only one hacker gained access to the data, and Twitter’s belated admission reinforced this impression …

HackerOne first reported the vulnerability back in January, which allowed anyone to enter a phone number or email address, and then find the associated twitterID. This is an internal identifier used by Twitter, but can be readily converted to a Twitter handle.

A bad actor would be able to put together a single database which combined Twitter handles, email addresses, and phone numbers.

At the time, Twitter admitted that the vulnerability had existed, and subsequently been patched, but said nothing about anyone exploiting it.

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