Twitter probes unusual traffic, possibly by "state-sponsored actors"

Clay Curtis
December 20, 2018

The bug, which the company says it fixed on 16 November, exposed some data, including the country codes on user phone numbers, and details about locked accounts.

The issue, which was settled on November 16, did not uncover full telephone numbers or some other individual data of clients, the organization said.

"In particular, we observed a large number of requests originating from specific IP addresses located in China and Saudi Arabia".

"While we can not confirm intent or attribution for certain", the blog post reads, "it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors".

A company spokesman declined to elaborate as Twitter shares posted their biggest drop in more than two months.

"We have become aware of an issue related to one of our support forms, which is used by account holders to contact Twitter about issues with their account", Twitter said in a press release. We continue to err on the side of full transparency in this area and have updated law enforcement on our findings.

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An account is locked if it is found to violate Twitter's rules or terms of service, the company wrote on its website.

'Clearly, a breach like this impairs user trust in the platform, ' he said.

Twitter said that it has directly informed the people that it identified as being affected but will also deliver a wider notice to users, because it may not have identified all those hit. We are providing this broader notice as it is possible that other account holders we can not identify were potentially impacted'.

Twitter has notified some users that a bug may have exposed their personal data.

Twitter was also called out for its role in spreading misinformation by Russian actors in an independent report commissioned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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