Twitter Reports Breach of Data – Apologizes for Goof-Up

by Tiago Decker

Twitter reports personal data of unknown business clients was “possibly” breached and was accessible. Twitter emailed their business clients than personal information may have been compromised. In the email, Twitter expresses grief and further expresses that personal data such as email addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of credit’s card numbers may have been compromised. However, the tech company further notes that there is no evidence that client’s billing data was compromised.

The breach further accesses the platform’s advertising and analytics platform. However, it is not clear that what businesses were actually affected. The company quotes that they become aware of the issue on 20th May and have since fixed the issue. In an email market to the affected users, the firm said:  “We’re very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us and are committed to earning that trust every day.”

However, this is not the first time that Twitter reported massive leaks in their security system. In 2018, the company asked their entire user base to change passwords after an internal leak took place. Twitter’s 330 million users were urged to change their passwords as someone posted the passwords of the latter in plain text on their internal network.

The passwords are entered into the system through a system known as “hashing” which makes them very difficult to read. Many security experts quoted that Twitter’s manner of handling the issues was extremely “encouraging” and time conservative.

However, like the current fiasco, Twitter at the time conveyed the message that while the passwords were posted in plain text, none of the passwords were either stolen or attempted to change. While Twitter did not reveal the exact number of users affected, the entire user base was considered to follow the suggested move.

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