Twitter warns users to “government attackers’

Dec

14

2015

Twitter has sent warnings to a number of users that the company suspects that they are being targeted by so-called “state-driven attackers. These would be out personal information of the relevant Twitter users.

The warnings are sent to a number of users, according to reports that are themselves on the social network appeared. In a message to Twitter users report that a small number of accounts targeted by attackers who seek personal information such as IP addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. They would be driven by governments, but which countries are behind exactly is not clear. Thus, the motive too little to say. Possibly activists engaged in digital privacy and freedom of expression, the target of the attack, thus suggesting Motherboard.

Twitter recommends the warned users to protect their identity, for example by using Tor. Why they are targeted by these so-called “state-sponsored actors’ is not clear, but the company behind the social networking site says there are being investigated that would explain what exactly is going on.

Several countries sometimes try to retrieve information from Twitter users, for example in cases where there is government-critical messages are posted. Several governments are also major countries such as the United States, China and Russia, accusing each other back and forth from doing hack attempts

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