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Twitter Warns Some Users of State Sponsored Hacking Attempts

william@clickonline.com

Published 14/12/2015 | 08:00

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Social media giant Twitter has made some of its users aware of attempts to hack their accounts in over the weekend

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Despite something of a slowdown in adoption over the past year or so, Twitter remains an incredibly important communication tool for millions around the world, and that is something that looks to be increasingly under threat, if a warning sent from the social media company to some of its users over the weekend is anything to go by. The email, posted by Canadian not-for-profit organization Coldhak, can be read in its entirety below:

"Dear User,

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 (possibly associated with a government) may have been trying to obtain information such as email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers.

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 we can provide at this time.

It's possible your account may not have been an intended target of the suspected activity, but we wanted to alert you as soon as possible. We recognize that this may be of particular concern if you choose to Tweet using a pseudonym. For tips on protecting your identity online, you may want to visit the "Tor Project (https://www.torproject.org/)" or EFF's "Protecting Yourself on Social Networks" (https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/protecting-yourself-social-networks)."

While no information has been confirmed to have been stolen, it's certainly a major concern for those who rely on the anonymity provided by them from services like Twitter that potentially "state sponsored" agents could be making moves to uncover their information.

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