Twitter Warns Users Over ‘Government’ Hacking

Twitter Warns Users Over ‘Government’ Hacking

Twitter has sent out messages to some users warning them that their accounts may have been hacked by ‘state-sponsored actors’.

It is the first time that Twitter has issued a warning over potential government hacking.

The social network sent out an undisclosed number of warnings to tell Twitter users that hackers may have tried to access personal information including their phone numbers.

Canadian non-profit organisation Coldhak said that it had received one of the warnings from Twitter.

In a email to the the company, Twitter said: “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.

“At this time, we have no evidence they obtained your account information, yet we’re actively investigating this matter. We wish we had more we could share, yet we don’t have any additional information”.

The security breach highlights the growing frequency of state-sponsored hacks.

Some cyber security experts claim that North Korea was responsible for last year’s large-scale hacking of Sony’s computer network, though Pyongyang has denied any involvement.

Last month, hacktivist collection Anonymous declared cyber war on ISIS, stating that it would take down as many social accounts linked to the terrorist group as possible.

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