Following Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media behemoth, Reporters has revealed that more than 5.4 million user records from Twitter were compromised and made public online.
The information, which included phone numbers, email addresses, and Twitter IDs, was made available for free this month after hackers took advantage of an API flaw in the system.
High-profile politicians and celebrities’ personal information was also obtained in the hack.
Bleeping Computer was the first to reveal the leak, which occurred months after a hacker tried to sell the data for $30,000 in July.
The site advised users to disregard and delete any emails that requested their login information on non-Twitter domains and claimed their accounts had been suspended, had login problems, or were about to lose their verified status.
On November 23, independent researcher Chad Loder announced the information on Twitter for the first time.
Millions of Twitter accounts in the US and the EU were affected by a significant Twitter data breach, according to evidence that Loder had just received.
“I got in touch with a small number of the impacted accounts, and they confirmed that the stolen information is true. This breach did not happen before 2021.”
Following the publication of that message, Loder’s account was suspended, leading some social media users to speculate that Twitter is attempting to cover up the problem.
According to one of these users, Musk “banned [Loder] for exposing how weak Twitter security is.”
The CEO of SpaceX purchased Twitter on October 27 for $44 billion, and since taking over, he has been in the news for the mass exodus of staff members.
It is also rumoured that he required his staff to work upwards of 84 hours per week in order to meet deadlines.
Musk’s administration fired a number of Twitter employees and declared its goal of reaching 931 million users by 2028 while also quintupling its annual revenue.