Do you use Twitter? If yes, chances are your email address, name, user history and likely your phone number is on the dark web. Twitter has reportedly faced a breach, with over 200 million emails leaked and on sale on the dark web.
The data has reportedly been found on an online hacking forum.
This seems to be the same breach that was talked about in a report on December 24, which claimed over 400 million user data was breached. The numbers have been updated to 200 million.
An Israeli security researching firm called Hudson Rock was notified of the breach, first on December 24. And in an update on January 3, saying that there are more than one threat actor selling the data.
What we know so far: The database reportedly contains the data of some 235 million users.
What does it mean? According to Hudson Rock's CTO Alon Gal, the leak could potentially lead to "hacking, targetted phishing and doxxing".
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE TWITTER HACK: pic.twitter.com/sCDpjHKZD6— Hudson Rock (@RockHudsonRock) January 3, 2023
The prominent names on the leak: Hudson Rock also pointed out some prominent users' data popping up on the leak, including that of American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elon Musk's SpaceX, singer Charlie Puth, Google's Sundar Pichai, a US government account and more.
Twitter has so far not responded to the reports.
You can also check whether your data was in any leak using websites like haveibeenpwned.com. This author also checked whether her email ID or phone number was leaked anywhere, and found that the email was leaked in a Twitter hack among several other company breaches including Domino's India. Fortunately, the website didn't show any leak of the phone number.