Usernames and email addresses belonging to more than 200 million Twitter users have been posted online by hackers.
According to report and media outlets including security outfits, the credentials were compiled from a number of earlier Twitter breaches dating back to 2021. Although the database does not include users’ passwords, it nevertheless represents a security threat to those affected.
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“This is one of the most significant leaks I’ve seen,” Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock, said in a post describing the hack on linkedin. “[It] will unfortunately lead to a lot of hacking, targeted phishing, and doxxing.”
Estimates of the exact number of users affected by the breach vary, in part because of the tendency for such large-scale data dumps to include duplicate records.
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Screenshots of the database shared by BleepingComputer show it contains a number of text files listing email addresses and linked Twitter usernames, as well as users’ real names (if they shared them with the site), their follower counts, and account creation dates. BleepingComputer said it had “confirmed the validity of many of the email addresses listed in the leak” and that the database was being sold on one hacking forum for as little as $2.
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