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Hackers abused Twitter API to match usernames to phone numbers

February 4, 2020

On December 24, 2019 the company discovered that its API were exploited by a large network of fake accounts to match Twitter usernames to phone numbers. The company immediately suspended the involved accounts.

“On December 24, 2019 we became aware that someone was using a large network of fake accounts to exploit our API and match usernames to phone numbers. We immediately suspended these accounts” reads the statement published by Twitter.

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