Data breach on Twitter, company asks Android users in India to update their app
New Delhi : Twitter on Saturday admitted to data breach possibility via their application after they found a malicious code was inserted into its app by a bad actor. The Android users were notified via an email about it and were advised to update the application at earliest.
The vulnerability within Twitter for Android could allow the bad actor to see non-public account information or to control your account (send Tweets or Direct Messages), said an apologetic Twitter.
"Prior to the fix, through a complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app, it may have been possible for a bad actor to access information (Direct Messages, protected Tweets, location information) from the app," Twitter said in a statement.
The company also mentioned that they are not sure if the data breach has happened or it was a failed attempt by the bad actor. But, to ensure the safety of its users data, it is advised that they must update their application on Android.
“We have taken steps to fix this issue and are directly notifying people who could have been exposed to this vulnerability either through the Twitter app or by email with specific instructions to keep them safe”.
Twitter recommended updating to the latest version for Android as the issue did not impact “Twitter for iOS”.
“We’re sorry this happened and will continue working to keep your information secure on Twitter,” said the company in the email sent to the Indian users, adding that those affected can also reach out to Twitter’s Office of Data Protection, requesting information regarding their account security.