A hacker forum is offering a total of 235 million Twitter users’ data. According to security expert Troy Hunt, around 98 percent of the email addresses are already included in older leaks.
Hackers have apparently published more than 200 million email addresses believed to be from Twitter users. The leak was discovered by Alon Gal, founder of Israeli security provider Hudson Rock. According to his post on LinkedIn, it involves email addresses that were used to create Twitter accounts.
According to the researcher, the database offered on a hacker forum contains 235 million different email addresses. Gal assumes that the data among other things can be misused for phishing attacks. However, it may also be possible to take control of Twitter accounts. This is “one of the most significant leaks I have seen,” Gal added.
No statement has yet been made by Twitter. However, the company no longer has a press department following mass layoffs by new owner Elon Musk. It is unclear whether the data was spied on before Musk took over.
After analyzing the data, security researcher Troy Hunt, operator of the website Have I Been Pwned, assumes that the email addresses had already been compromised before. Around 98 percent were already included in earlier leaks.