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Twitter sued for stealing personal data from users.

Published: 2023-01-20

Twitter user Stephen Gerber sued the social network, accusing its administration of insufficiently effective protection of users' personal data, as a result of which a database of 200 million records was made publicly available.

According to the plaintiff, the leak was possible due to a vulnerability in the API, which from June 2021 to January 2022. used by unknown attackers who stole the personal data of 400 million Twitter users. For this database, the hackers demanded a ransom of $200,000 from the platform administration, and after refusing, they made it publicly available, cutting the number of entries by half. The company's management acknowledged the existence of the vulnerability, but stated that it was closed last summer. The administration of the platform refused to recognize the authenticity of the database made publicly available, suggesting that the data contained in it were collected from various sources that arose as a result of data leaks from other platforms.

The plaintiff rejects this version, insisting that the company leaked, thereby violating its own privacy policy. Moreover, he suggests that the administration of the social network has taken some actions aimed at hiding the true extent of the incident. Mr. Gerber is seeking monetary compensation, as well as a court order to improve Twitter's security levels, for example by forcing the company to hire third-party specialists who will periodically simulate cyber attacks on the platform's resources.

Meanwhile, the new owner and head of Twitter, Elon Musk, is actively trying to increase its income - according to some reports, they collapsed by 40%, and eventually it came to the point that office furniture and equipment owned by the company were put up for sale.