Twitter sends ‘warning’ emails alerting users that they have been hacked by the government

  • By Sapna Gohil

 

Following Edward Snowden’s revelations it won’t come as much of a surprise to most of us then we learn that Twitter has sent warning emails out to a number of users that their accounts have been hacked by “state-sponsored actors”.

Despite government hacking being an every day norm according Snowden and other activists, it is the first time that the social media company has issued such a warning.

Twitter emailed users to say that the hackers may have sought their email addressees, IP addresses, or phone numbers, which it coincidentally recently began collecting.

The number of accounts affected by the suspected hack is unclear.

Coldhak, a Canadian non-profit organisation, said it had received a warning from Twitter.

“We believe that these actors, possibly associated with a government, may have been trying to obtain information such as email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers.” the email stated.

“At this time, we have no evidence they obtained your account information, but we’re actively investigating this matter. We wish we had more we could share, but we don’t have any additional information we can provide at this time.”

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James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, said that government-backed attackers have far greater resources at their disposal than criminal hacker gangs.

“They may be able to use other measures such as human agents or communications intercepts to successfully bypass any security measures.” he said.

In short, as The International has covered in many previous articles, what ever details or information you put online, no matter how secure you think it is, is no longer your property or information, but public domain.


 

S.Gohil@theinternational.org.uk