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Twitter Says Hackers Stole Private Account Data in Recent Attack

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Twitter has confirmed that hackers downloaded data from as many as eight accounts involved in last Wednesday’s hack attack.
The breach targeted a total of 130 …

Twitter has confirmed that hackers downloaded data from as many as eight accounts involved in last Wednesday’s hack attack.
The breach targeted a total of 130 accounts, including those of high-profile figures like former President Barack Obama, tech icon Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and music star Kanye West. None of the eight accounts that had data stolen were blue-check verified accounts, Twitter revealed in a July 18 statement.
“For up to eight of the Twitter accounts involved, the attackers took the additional step of downloading the account’s information through our ‘Your Twitter Data’ tool,” the social media giant said.
“This is a tool that is meant to provide an account owner with a summary of their Twitter account details and activity. We are reaching out directly to any account owner where we know this to be true,” Twitter added.
By accessing the tool, attackers may have potentially accessed private direct messages, including photos and videos, as well as contacts that the Twitter app may have imported from users’ smartphones.

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