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The data of 200 million Twitter users got into free access - this is revenge for refusing to pay hackers.

Published: 2023-01-06

Security experts at Privacy Affairs reported that a database of 200 million Twitter users has appeared in the public domain on one of the hacker sites. The analysis showed that this is a database cleaned of doubles, the abduction of which was reported at the end of December. The hackers demanded $200,000 from Twitter for a database of 400 million accounts. Apparently, they were refused, and the data was simply merged into the network, albeit in a cleaned up form.

The data set does not include user passwords or addresses. The database contains information about logins, nicknames, dates of creation, the number of subscribers and email addresses. On the one hand, there are no opportunities for direct hacking of accounts, but the available data open up scope for social engineering methods. Finally, no one canceled the usual spam either, and taking into account the offer of all this wealth for free to everyone, someone will definitely become an object of malicious influence.

The 65 GB dataset contains the addresses and account details of Donald Trump Jr., Google CEO Sundararajan Pichai, SpaceX, the US National Basketball Association, CBS Media, and the World Health Organization. The complete database was reported to contain data on 37 world celebrities.

It is believed that this data was stolen due to a vulnerability in 2021. Twitter closed this hole last year.