Twitter Warns of Possible State-Sponsored Attack


While investigating an information disclosure flaw affecting one of its support forms, Twitter discovered a possible attack coming from IP addresses that may be linked to state-sponsored actors.

Last month, Twitter became aware of a bug related to a support form that allows users to contact Twitter if they have issues with their account. The vulnerability could have been exploited to obtain the country code of a user’s phone number – if they had one associated with their account – and learn whether or not the account had been locked by Twitter.

Twitter locks accounts if they violate its rules or terms of service, or if the account appears to have been compromised.

The social media giant pointed out that the flaw did not expose full phone numbers or other personal information. Twitter started addressing the issue on November 15 and a fix was implemented by the next day.

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