The private information of prominent public figures such as Donald Trump Jr., actor Salman Khan and Google CEO Sundar Pichai are available on the dark web. Moreover, the person responsible for the breach is reportedly trying to coerce Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
Twitter user data breach
According to the report, the private data of over 40 crore consumers, including information such as emails and phone numbers, is up for sale. The security firm described the person responsible for the breach as “trustworthy” and said it collected the data in early 2022 by exploiting a vulnerability in Twitter.
To prove his authenticity, the threat actor has shared private information of high profile people like Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Hudson Rock posted a screenshot of a data breach post from a hacker published on December 23.
The same person seems to be pressuring Twitter CEO Elon Musk over the leak. “Twitter or Elon Musk If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already picturing a GDPR fine for over 5.4m breaches on the basis of 400 million users breached. Your best option to avoid paying Facebook $276 million USD in GDPR violation fines (due to 533 million users being scraped) is to purchase this data separately,” said the threatening actor.
This is not the first data breach at Twitter. In August, 5.4 million users’ Twitter data was made available online. The social media giant confirmed that the impact of the breach was worldwide.