Twitter is joining the fray with Facebook and Google to warn its users about some state-sponsored cyber attacks. At least 11 users received notification this Friday evening among those impacted are security professionals, privacy organization and mass surveillance.
Twitter is currently investigating the attack. In the notification, it stated that the attackers might try to get email addresses, network connections and phone numbers if the phone number is associated with the account. It was not mentioned which country was responsible for the attack, it could have been China, Russia or even the U.S.
A number of Twitter users who got the notification spoke to Motherboard. Some of them are connected to the Tor Project; some of them are located in Canada and hardly associated with the security community at large. There was no common factor between the recipients. However, they all received the notification at the same time, between 5.15 and 5.16 PM EST.
The first tweet about the notification which caught attention was from @coldhakca, which describes itself as “a nonprofit dedicated to furthering privacy, security and freedom of speech.” The members of this group are located in Winnipeg, Canada.
— coldhak (@coldhakca) December 11, 2015
It’s good to know that Twitter is warning the users before any crucial problem arises. As you all know access to social media accounts can be very lucrative for some determined attackers. Hacking one account could yield access to dozens of accounts that opens up the connection between people in a particular group or network.