A serious intrusion into Twitter’s servers has been reported, hackers have been able to breach and hijack the billing information used by the service. According to the available information the incident was localized in the advertising and analytics platform.
Twitter Billing Information Stolen By Hackers
Twitter announced that it has been breached by an unknown hacking group. The public announcement was done in a message posted to business owners as they are the ones that are affected the most. The problem was identified in the advertising and analytics platform which is used by them. The incident was reported to have happened prior to May 20 2020. The hacking group has been able to hijack information stored on these services. This is true if the users have accessed their billing information from the platform. In this case their web browsers would have stored the data in their web cache. The exact infiltration method is not known at the moment however the security experts believe that this is a sophisticated attack that has something to do with the viewing of the data as requested by the Twitter users.
One of the assumptions that are made by the security community is that this breach is yet another campaign directed against home office workers. Ever since the Coronavirus lockdown has been enforced around the world such attacks have increased in volume.
The type of information that may have been stolen during the attack may include the following:
- Personal User Information
- Email Address
- Phone Numbers
- Payment and Address Details
So far Twitter has not revealed the amount of the accessed information or if the criminals have accessed data only used by a certain group of business users. It is very possible that following the security audit more information will become available.