Unboxed Logo

Home / Consumer Tech

Data of 200 million Twitter users leaked on dark web, says report


Hackers stole the email addresses of over Twitter users and posted them on an online hacking forum, according to a cybersecurity monitoring firm Hudson Rock. The co-founder of Hudson Rock, Alon Gal wrote on LinkedIn, the breach “will, unfortunately, lead to a lot of hacking, targeted phishing and doxxing”. The reports of the breach surfaced online on Wednesday.

“Twitter database leaks for free with 235,000,000 records. The database contains 235,000,000 unique records of Twitter users and their email addresses and will unfortunately lead to a lot of hacking, targeted phishing, and doxxing. This is one of the most significant leaks ever,” Hudson Rock wrote on Twitter.

Gal posted it on social media on December 24 and called it “one of the most significant leaks I’ve seen”. Screenshots of the hacker forum, where the data appeared on Wednesday, have circulated online. Twitter has yet not responded to the report. It is also not clear if the micro-blogging platform has taken any action against the breach.

The creator of breach notification site Have I Been Pwned, Troy Hunt, reviewed the leaked data and said, it seemed “pretty much what it’s been described as”.

Earlier, reports suggested that over 400 million email addresses and phone number were stolen. There’s no information about the identity of location of the hacker. The breach may have taken place as early as 2021, which was before Elon Musk took over ownership of the company last year, according to Reuters report.

Earlier, claims were made in December that over 400 million email addresses and phone numbers were stolen. However, there was no clue as to the identity or location of the hackers behind the act.