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Twitter leak: 200m+ account database now free to download

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More than two hundred million Twitter users’ details is now offered for anyone to download for free.

This newest information dump, which features account names, handles, development dates, follower counts, and electronic mail addresses, turns out to the be identical — albeit cleaned up — leak described final thirty day period that affected extra than four hundred million Twitter accounts, according to Privateness Affairs’ safety researchers, who confirmed the databases that’s now posted on a breach forum.

The halved range of accounts is thanks to the removal of duplicates, in accordance to Privateness Affairs CEO and founder Miklos Zoltan. “Having said that, this time, the info is out there for any one to download for absolutely free, as an alternative of getting detailed for sale at $two hundred,000, as it was in December,” he wrote.

Some of the nicely-recognized people today and companies incorporated in the new 63GB databases leak consist of Donald Trump Jr., Google CEO Sundar Pichai, SpaceX, the US National Basketball Affiliation, CBS Media and the Environment Overall health Business, in accordance to Zoltan’s blog article about the breach.

No term on regardless of whether the Christmas day hack of British education secretary Gillian Keegan’s Twitter account is relevant. In that situation miscreants took more than Keegan’s account, adjusted her profile photo to Elon Musk, and posted a sequence of tweets marketing cryptocurrencies.

Twitter did not reply to The Sign-up‘s inquiries.

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While the leaked facts does not incorporate users’ cell phone numbers, actual physical addresses or passwords, it continue to poses a risk to the uncovered account entrepreneurs, Zoltan explained.

“Privateness Affairs cybersecurity professionals reviewed the printed information and believe this most current leak could direct to social engineering assaults and doxxing.”

The leaked e mail addresses joined to Twitter accounts can be blended with other publicly readily available details to figure out users’ true-daily life identification and places. Plus, phishing email messages continue on to offer a profitable entry issue for criminals — and nation point out thugs — hunting to pull off social engineering assaults.

Of class, the released email addresses can also be used by spammers or rip-off markers, and all they need to do is encourage one sufferer to click on a destructive backlink.

Even though this week’s info dump consists of much less accounts, it could establish to be a lot more major due to the fact the crooks are supplying absent the entire database for no cost, researchers warned.

“It is not certain at this second how precisely this data was acquired,” Zoltan noted. “The most probable technique made use of could have been the abuse of an application programming interface (API) vulnerability.”

As previously documented, the information were apparently scraped in 2021 by way of a security flaw Twitter said it fixed last yr. ®

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