NEW DELHI: Elon Musk is the new CEO of Twitter. He is dealing with a lot of things right now, but a new one that seems to be the biggest one just came up. A hacker named Ryushi said that he or she had access to the personal information of more than 400 million Twitter users. As proof, the hacker posted a sample of data with names like Donald Trump Jr., Steve Wozniak, Charlie Puth, Salman Khan, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, Bollywood actor Salman Khan, and more.
The hacker is asking Elon Musk to buy these data so that he doesn’t get fined by the EU for a GDPR data breach, which could cost up to USD276 million. He or she says that some of these private data are emails and phone numbers.
“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,” reads a message from hacker.
He or she has also posted another link and said that it doesn’t show even 1% of the information he has.
Alon Gal, co-founder and chief technology officer at Israel-based cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, says that the data posted by the hacker has been checked by a third party and found to be real. The hacker says he or she got the information by taking advantage of a flaw, but Gal thinks it came from an API flaw that let the hacker “query any email/phone and get a Twitter profile.”
The news comes after the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) started looking into a Twitter data leak that put the private information of more than 5.4 million users at risk last year. It had information like email addresses, phone numbers, and Twitter handles.
Twitter has not said anything official yet.
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