Another Twitter Hack: Hacker Extorts Ransom for Private Data of 40 Crore Users From Elon Musk’s CEO
- 2022-12-27 05:55
Twitter’s latest data breach is a serious issue that could have far-reaching implications for users and platforms alike. According to cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock, a “threat actor” has obtained data of 40 crore Twitter users, including prominent public figures, and is attempting to extort Twitter CEO Elon Musk to buy the data.
Hudson Rock, a cybersecurity firm, first spotted the data breach and revealed that the “threat actor” has obtained sensitive information like emails and phone numbers of 40 crore users, including prominent public figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sundar Pichai. The individual behind the breach has also provided a sample of the data, exposing the private information of high-profile individuals. The hacker has posted a message on a website explaining that the best way to avoid paying a massive GDPR breach fine is by buying the data exclusively.
The data breach could have serious implications for users, particularly those whose private information has been put up for sale. It is possible that the data could be used to commit identity theft or other malicious activities. Furthermore, the breach could have a negative impact on the platform itself, with users losing trust in Twitter’s ability to protect their data. This could lead to a decrease in user engagement and a loss of revenue for the company.
Twitter has already been facing a number of challenges since Tesla CEO Elon Musk took control of the platform. Mass layoffs, policy changes, and concerns about platform regulation have been front and center. Now, the company is facing yet another major threat in the form of a data breach. It remains to be seen how Twitter will respond to the breach and protect its users.
This is not the first data breach the platform has experienced. In August, Twitter data of 5.4 million users was put up for sale online. Twitter had confirmed that the breach was global. Last week, the company agreed to pay $725 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing them of allowing third parties to access users’ personal information.
The company has since taken action to address the issue. Twitter has implemented several measures to ensure the security of user information, such as two-factor authentication and additional encryption for user information. The company has also launched a bug bounty program to reward people for reporting security flaws.
The severity of the data breach is yet to be determined, however, if the claims of the threat actor are verified, the breach could have severe implications for Twitter users. The company is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of its users. However, it is important to take precautionary measures to protect one’s personal information.