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Data of 40 crore Twitter users up for sale on dark web, hacker extorting Elon Musk

Highlights

  • The company Hudson Rock reports the sale of 40 crores of Twitter users’ data.
  • It is reported that the person responsible for the hack is attempting to extort Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter.

Since billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk took over Twitter in October, Twitter has been on rough waters. It has now been reported that Twitter is facing a major data breach that exposed user information. On the dark web, 40 crore Twitter user data has been sold, according to cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock.

Private Information for Sale 

The dark web contains the private information of prominent public figures such as Donald Trump Jr., Salman Khan, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Elon Musk, Twitter’s CEO, is reportedly being extorted by the individual responsible for the breach.

A report indicates that 40 crore users’ private data is up for sale, including email addresses and phone numbers. As explained by the security firm, the perpetrator of the breach is “credible” and claims he exploited a vulnerability in Twitter to gather the data in early 2022.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk appears to be being extorted by the same person over the leak. “Twitter or Elon Musk if you are reading this you are already risking a GDPR fine over 5.4m breach imaging the fine of 400m users breach source. Your best option to avoid paying $276 million USD in GDPR breach fines like Facebook did (due to 533m users being scraped) is to buy this data exclusively,” said the threat actor.

The threat actor has shared the private information of high-profile individuals like Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to prove his authenticity. On December 23rd, Hudson Rock posted a screenshot of the data breach post from the hacker.

It’s not the first time Twitter has suffered a data breach. The Twitter data of 5.4 million users was made available online back in August. Despite the fact that the breach has global implications, the social media platform has confirmed that the impact is global. 

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