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Twitter hack sees 200 million user email addresses leaked, researcher says


Hackers have stolen the email addresses of more than 200 million Twitter users and posted them on an online forum, according to a security researcher. 

The co-founder of Israeli cybersecurity-monitoring firm Hudson Rock, Alon Gal, said the breach would “unfortunately lead to a lot of hacking, targeted phishing and doxxing”. 

He said on LinkedIn it was “one of the most significant leaks” he had seen. 

Twitter has not commented on the report, which Mr Gal first posted about on social media on December 24, or responded to inquiries about the breach.

It is not clear what action, if any, Twitter has taken to investigate or remediate the issue.

Screenshots of the hacker forum, where the data appeared on Wednesday, have circulated online.

Reuters could not independently verify the data on the forum was authentic and came from Twitter.

Claims about the size and scope of the breach initially varied, with early accounts in December saying 400 million email addresses and phone numbers were stolen.

Troy Hunt, creator of breach-notification site Have I Been Pwned, said on Twitter after viewing the leaked data that it seemed “pretty much what it’s been described as”.

There were no clues to the identity or location of the hacker or hackers behind the breach.

It may have taken place as early as 2021, before Elon Musk took over ownership of the company.

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