Emails linked to 200 million Twitter accounts published by hackers

Email addresses that are linked to more than 200 million Twitter profiles are currently circulating in hacker forums for data exchange, CNN reported Friday.

Emails linked to 200 million Twitter accounts published by hackers

Email addresses that are linked to more than 200 million Twitter profiles are currently circulating in hacker forums for data exchange, CNN reported Friday.

This data leak could reveal the true identities of anonymous users of the social network and make it easy to hack the victims' accounts on Twitter, but also those of other websites, according to security experts.

The names of Twitter users, their account identifiers, the number of subscribers and the dates of creation of the accounts are among the various information revealed.

“Bad actors hit the jackpot,” Rafi Mendelsohn, a spokesperson for Cyabra, a social media analytics firm focused on identifying misinformation, told CNN. Previously private data like emails and creation date can be leveraged to build smarter and more sophisticated hacking, phishing and disinformation campaigns.”

The data in question was reportedly collected in 2021 during a bug in Twitter's systems, a flaw that has since been patched after a similar crash last July that involved 5.4 million Twitter accounts.

Remember that it is recommended to use unique passwords for each online registration and to use multi-factor authentication for these accounts in order to avoid phishing attempts.

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