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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Twitter Users Were Attacked by State-Sponsored Hackers (Maybe)

Twitter Users Were Attacked by State-Sponsored Hackers (Maybe)

Twitter Users Were Attacked by State-Sponsored Hackers (Maybe)

Added: Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The microblogging service has warned some of its users that they may have been targeted by a state-sponsored attack. The notifications were sent to more than 20 users, all containing the same details and sounding as a precaution. Twitter alerted its users that “state-sponsored actors” might have targeted their accounts. The company says that those actors (possibly associated with a government) may have been trying to obtain users’ data including email addresses, IP addresses, and phone numbers.

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So far, Twitter has no evidence that the intruders obtained any account details, but it admits that the investigation is ongoing. The list of recipients of the warning includes a Winnipeg-based information security nonprofit firm, a Minnesotan encryption activist, a privacy and security researcher and an Austrian communications consultant.

Twitter is not the first company to warn its customers about state-sponsored hacking: Google and Facebook have been doing the same for a while now. The former introduced its warnings in 2012, while the latter began sending its own in October 2015. However, neither Google not Facebook have disclosed any details about how they distinguish state-sponsored attacks from more conventional hacks. Actually, both tech giants explained that they have to keep their methodology secret in order to keep the hackers on the back foot.

At the same time, Twitter’s specific warning has sparked criticism, because the users were advised in the letters to use the anonymous browser Tor to keep their identity secret. The problem is that Tor users have often accused Twitter of blocking accounts that log in from it.

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, December 17th, 2015



Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-12-17 22:54:44)
analogkid6103 avatarTwitter,Facebook,my space whatever.If you did not want to put your identity out there you would not use such things.

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posted by (2015-12-18 00:41:17)
Matey2015 avatarI used them all, had no problems using any identity I want, did't put any real info out there except my first name & birth date which sometimes is a lot already, but man, people are sharing private photos & all their lives out there, total idiocy!

Yesterday I needed to make a few shares on the damn Facebook for some draw & I've made a few accounts for that & then ditched them, lol, no problems at all!



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