Reuters and many tech websites are reporting this morning that Twitter has been warning some of its users of a possible hack. This is unprecedented for the social media site, which has never issued such an alert before.
The extent of the hack is not known, however Twitter indicates in the notification that only “a small group” of accounts were affected. According to 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.”
There is no indication what “government” Twitter suspects is connected with the hack, but online news sources are speculating the usual suspects, China and North Korea. PCWorld reports that many of the account holders receiving the Twitter notices are “privacy advocates and security researchers, some of whom tweet under pseudonyms.” Reuters is also reporting that Google and Facebook have also started warning users of possible state-sponsored attacks, but offers no details.
Twitter indicates they are sending the notices primarily as a precautionary measure: “At this time, we have no evidence they obtained your account information, but we’re actively investigating this matter.”
Although some sources are attempting to tie the hack to the breach of Sony’s computers late last year, there is no indication that this incident is connected or that it is as invasive.
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