High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked After Forum Poster Peddles 400 Million Users' Data
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A posting by a member of a criminal data breach forum who goes by the handle "Ryushi,” first noticed by Israeli cyber intelligence firm Hudson Rock, claims to have obtained the emails and phone numbers of 400 million Twitter users and urges social media CEO Elon Musk to buy the data set for an unspecified price to avoid a large fine under Europe's GDPR privacy law.
The forum post includes sample data for thirty-seven celebrities, politicians, journalists, corporations, and government agencies, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Donald Trump JR, Mark Cuba, Kevin O'Leary, and Piers Morgan. In addition, a larger sample of 1,…