Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, has been inundated with issues to address recently. However, the largest challenge that he faces is a hacker known as Ryushi who declared having access to private data from over 400 million Twitter users.
The hacker has provided evidence of the hack by revealing a snippet of data that includes notable names such as Donald Trump Jr., Steve Wozniak, Charlie Puth, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Bollywood actor Salman Khan. This serves to illustrate the severity and authenticity of their claims.
The hacker is urging Elon Musk to purchase the data they have access to in order to prevent a hefty penalty of up to $276 million from being imposed by the EU for violating GDPR. This private information, which includes emails and contact numbers, could incur heavy fines if not addressed immediately.
In a message from hacker, he/she says-
“Twitter or Elon Musk if you are reading this you are already risking a GDPR fine over 5.4m breach imaging the fine of 400m users breach source. Your best option to avoid paying $276 million in GDPR breach fines like Facebook did ((due to 533m users being scraped) is to buy this data exclusively.”
He/She has elsewhere shared another link insisting that it only represents a mere 1% of the material he possesses.
After validating the data revealed by a hacker, Alon Gal – Co founder and CTO of Hudson Rock (an Israel-based cybercrime intelligence firm) confirmed their legitimacy.
Although the hacker claimed to have accessed the data by exploiting a vulnerability, Gal believes it was obtained through an API. This particular security gap allowed them to query any email/phone address and pull up its associated Twitter profile.
Recently, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) initiated an investigation into a Twitter data leak that exposed private information of over 5.4 million users last year, such as emails, phone numbers and Twitter IDs. This news comes amid growing concern regarding online security and privacy issues.
As of yet, Twitter has remained silent on the matter. However, it is likely that the company will be issuing a statement soon in light of the incident.
This is a developing story and we will keep you updated as more information comes to light. Until then, stay safe online!
Shivendra Tiwari is an Engineer and an MBA in Marketing. He is the Content head at Marketing91 and a thorough Online Marketing enthusiast. Shivendra loves to follow different brands and study their Business and Marketing tactics.