With Elon Musk already having a rather difficult time steering Twitter into a productive and profitable future, the last thing that the social media platform needs is any more drama.
Unfortunately for the struggling network, this week brought no reprieve.
More than 5.4 million user records from Twitter have been published online, exposing everything from private phone numbers to email addresses.Advertisement - story continues below
The data, which was released for free on a popular hacking forum this month, was pilfered last December after hackers exploited an API vulnerability on the social media platform.
Although Twitter says the issue was patched in January after it was reported to the HackerOne bug bounty program, numerous threat actors were able to take advantage before the vulnerability was fixed.
The information was rather profound…and perhaps valuable.
The leak, as first reported by BleepingComputer, contains not only private phone numbers and email addresses but public scrapes of “Twitter IDs, names, login names, locations, and verified status.”Advertisement - story continues below
Before being released for free, a hacker had attempted to sell the information on the same hacking forum for $30,000 in July.
Additionally, another 1.4 million users’ worth of data was leaked from suspended accounts. This data has not yet been made public.