- A Twitter person is suing the corporate for $5 million over an information leak which uncovered customers’ private info.
- According to cybersecurity researchers, the leak impacted over 200 million customers.
- Twitter has denied that the information leak was brought on by hackers exploiting a flaw in its programs.
Twitter is being sued for $5 million over an information leak that researchers mentioned uncovered the private info of greater than 200 million customers.
New York resident and Twitter person Stephen Gerber filed a lawsuit in opposition to the social media agency on Friday within the Northern District of California, claiming that his private information was leaked after the knowledge was stolen by hackers between 2020 and 2021.
Gerber filed the category motion lawsuit, which Insider has considered, on behalf of himself and others affected by the information leak, and is looking for $5 million or extra in damages.
Gerber pinned the information leak on hackers exploiting a vulnerability in Twitter’s utility programming interface (API) which allowed them to acquire customers’ Twitter usernames, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers.
“Twitter seemingly buried its head in the sand regarding the magnitude of this API exploitation or, even worse, Twitter may have even taken actions intended to conceal the true magnitude of this API exploitation,” the lawsuit reads.
It added: “This is extremely problematic because it evidences that Twitter (which, to this day has inexplicably failed to notify or contact the victims of this particular API exploitation) refuses to acknowledge the seriousness of what has occurred.”
The lawsuit mentioned that the private info of victims was now being distributed and offered on the darkish net.
Twitter and attorneys for the plaintiff didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark, despatched exterior of enterprise hours.
In early January, cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock recommended that hackers had stolen over 200 million Twitter customers’ info and printed them onto a publicly accessible on-line hacking discussion board.
“This is one of the most significant data leaks in history and will, unfortunately, lead to a lot of accounts getting hacked, targeted with phishing, and doxxed,” Hudson Rock’s founder, Alon Gal, instructed Insider.
On January 11, two days earlier than the go well with was filed, Twitter published a notice on its website denying that the information leak resulted from a system flaw.
“In response to recent media reports of Twitter users’ data being sold online, we conducted a thorough investigation and there is no evidence that data recently being sold was obtained by exploiting a vulnerability of Twitter systems,” the publish mentioned.