Twitter warns users over 'state-sponsored' attack

Social network issues alert to 'small group' of accounts affected

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Twitter warns users over 'state-sponsored' attack Twitter did not offer any information on who the attackers might be
By  Tom Paye Published  December 14, 2015

A "small group" of Twitter accounts has been targeted by state-sponsored hackers trying to obtain sensitive information, the social network warned yesterday.

Twitter issued an alert to select users saying that hackers had attempted to access their accounts, explaining that the attackers were likely state-sponsored. This is the first time that Twitter has issued such a warning.

"As a precaution, we are alerting you that your Twitter account is one of a small group of accounts that may have been targeted by state-sponsored actors. We believe that these actors (probably associated with a government) may have been trying to obtain information such as email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers," the warning said.

However, the warning added that it was unlikely the attack was successful.

"At this time, we have no evidence they obtained your account information, but we're actively investigating this matter. We wish we had more we could share, but we don't have any additional information," the message read.

Indeed, Twitter did not provide any details on who the hackers were or which government they might be associated with.

While this is the first time that Twitter has issued a warning about state-sponsored attacks, this incident is the latest in a growing list of government-affiliated hacking actions.

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