Twitter has issued its ever first security alert to some users on the micro-blogging site, warning them of potential hacking from cyber-hackers sponsored by the state; and adding that the attackers may have been trying to steal personal, sensitive information about select accounts.
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Twitter disclosed there is no proof that the hackers have been able to achieve their aims with any accounts, but it would be excellent if certain accounts that could be possible targets were alerted as to the development.
Twitter would not be too specific as to the state-sponsored hackers or the targets of the attacks.
Considering the fact that large organizations, news media, and government agencies have all been potential victims of cyber-attacks in the recent past, many social media networks have always taken measures to alert their users of any potential attacks on their accounts.
The Financial Times and a technology news website, Motherboard, first reported on the alert issued by Twitter. Coldhak, a Winnipeg-based non-profit organization, said it got the alert on Friday. Coldhak said the notice stated that the hackers may have been trying to lay their hands on IP addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and street addresses of certain users.
Although it is difficult to say why certain accounts were possibly targeted and others left out, one of the directors of Coldhak, Colin Childs, said his organization has not seen any significant sign of any potential attacks on its Twitter account with the handle, @coldhakca.