Dec 30, 2022

Twitter in data-protection probe after '400 million' user details up for sale

A watchdog is to investigate Twitter after a hacker claimed to have private details linked to more than 400 million accounts. The Guardian reported that data of US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was included in the sample of data published by the hacker. The data did not appear to have been copied from an earlier breach in which details were published from 5.4 million Twitter accounts, Mr Gal said. In a statement sent to the BBC about the latest incident, the DPC noted its continuing investigation into the earlier Twitter breach but added: "Reports have claimed that some additional datasets have now been offered for sale on the dark web."The DPC has engaged with Twitter in this inquiry and will examine Twitter's compliance with data-protection law in relation to that security issue. In the online post offering to sell the data, it warns Twitter that its best chance of avoiding a large data-protection fine is to buy back the data "exclusively".

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