On top of everything else, Twitter is now dealing with a massive data breach that could put millions of users’ personal information in the wrong hands.
A hacker has posted stolen data from Twitter on the dark web, where it’s available for anyone to purchase for $2, essentially making it free for all. The data is estimated to include information from at least 235 million users, and Twitter confirmed the information was actually stolen back in 2021.
Multiple reports have confirmed passwords and credit card info weren’t found in the data. However, that still leaves a whole lot of other information open to be exploited — including usernames, email addresses and phone numbers.
Gizmodo reports that since acknowledging the breach, Twitter has done virtually nothing to address the problem. And with this data now out in the wild, Twitter users are at risk of having their accounts hacked or facing other fraudulent activities.
There’s currently no way to tell who has been affected by the breach. The best advice experts can give is to be aware of the breach and take necessary precautions — update passwords, monitor accounts for suspicious activity and implement two–factor authentication.