Twitter warns users of possible state-sponsored attack

Twitter is warning users for the first time that their account info may have been under attack by state-sponsored hackers.

Twitter is actively investigating the possibility that some of their user accounts were breached during the attacks.  Although Twitter does say that there is no evidence currently that the attacks were successful.  An email went out to users who may have had their accounts compromised.

“As a precaution, we are alerting you that your Twitter account is one of a small group of accounts that may have been targeted by state-sponsored actors,” the e-mail states. “We believe that these actors (possibly associated with a government) may have been trying to obtain information such as e-mail addresses, IP addresses and/or phone numbers.”

This is concerning to anyone who received this email, but this is especially concerning to anyone who uses a pseudonym on the social media platform.  If you have been tweeting anonymously, and now it’s possible that your identity has been unmasked by a state-sponsored attack, that can be terrifying.  In their email, Twitter adds a link to online identity protection services and suggestions such as the Tor Project and the EFF’s “Protecting Yourself on Social Networks”.

Fellow social media platform, Facebook announced in October that the they will be informing users if they believe that  their accounts have been compromised by a government agency.  

Google has been informing their users of state-sponsored attack since 2012.

None of the social media giants provide information as to which country might be attacking or spying on you.  They only alert you to the situation, and try to shut down the attacks.


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