Twitter user Stephen Gerber sued the social network, accusing its administration of insufficiently protecting users’ personal data, making a database of 200 million records publicly available.
According to the plaintiff, the leak was possible due to a vulnerability in the API that existed from June 2021 to January 2022. Used by unknown attackers who stole the personal information 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, thereby halving the number of entries. The company’s management acknowledged the existence of the vulnerability, but said it was shut down last summer. The platform’s administration refused to recognize the authenticity of the database made public, suggesting that the data it contained was collected from various sources resulting from data leaks from other platforms.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s new owner and chief, Elon Musk, is actively trying to increase his income – reportedly they plummeted 40%, and eventually it got to the point where the company’s office furniture and equipment was discontinued Sale.