7 Million phone numbers exposed in Twitter’s security flaw

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

04th Feb, 2020. 02:07 pm
Twitter allowed matching phone numbers of users with their twitter accounts. Security researcher Ibrahim Balic pointed out this security flaw in December 2019 but came out now.

Twitter allowed matching phone numbers of users with their twitter accounts. Security researcher Ibrahim Balic pointed out this security flaw in December 2019 but came out now.

This security flaw caused Balic to match over 17 million phone numbers with their user accounts when this flaw was discovered in Twitter’s Android App.

Twitter then admit that the vulnerability of matching corresponding accounts and numbers was not in the feature’s intended use.

Twitter then discovered several accounts using this feature and suspended them later.

Accounts came from all over the world but a great number of accounts were discovered from regions such as Iran, Malaysia, and Israel. Twitter claims that a few of these accounts may have been sponsored by their countries.

Twitter has now fixed this feature to overcome this security flaw. Twitter also said that those who do not have connected their phone numbers with the accounts remained unaffected.

Twitter rolls out new emoji reactions for all users

Twitter rolls out new emoji reactions-like option in direct messages for all users, the company announced in a tweet.

Twitter rolls new emoji, it enables users to allocate a simple emoji response to any message within a thread.

The reactions are similar to what you’d find on Facebook, with laughing, shocked, sad, heart, and thumbs-up options.

The feature has launched with seven emoji.

Twitter’s selection includes your typical thumbs up, laughing face, heart, and sad crying face emojis but it’s also trying out a couple of more original options.

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