Twitter users all over the world received a surprising email: The social media microblogging network issued a warning about the possibility that their accounts might have been targeted by hackers recently.
According to the official Twitter mail, people who received the warning belong to a “small group of accounts that may have been targeted by state-sponsored actors”. The mail continues to explain that the hackers may have tried to gain access to phone numbers, mail addresses, and their IPs. It also advices users who want to protect their identity online to use Tor, a well-known software when it comes to enabling anonymous communication.
Today both @coldhakca and my personal account received warnings from @twitter about state sponsored attacks. pic.twitter.com/AbULzYmBTF
— Colin Childs (@Phoul) December 11, 2015
There is no information as to how many users received the warning or if there was a specific demographic that has been targeted by the hackers, though the trend might be leaning toward the more tech savvy kind of people. To get a better picture about the whole incident, affected users created lists and polls.
State sponsored attacks have become more prominent over the last couple of years with one of the most prominent being the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack from last year. Other cases involve the Syrian Electronic Army, who supports the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and likes to hack newspaper sites.