Twitter warns of state-sponsored attacks for first time

Some users receive notice that hackers may have tried to obtain sensitive data from their accounts.

Twitter did not provide additional information about possible suspects in its investigation [Joerg Carstensen/EPA]

Twitter has issued an alert to some users warning them that state-sponsored hackers may have tried to obtain sensitive data from their accounts, the company said.

The notice, the first such warning from the site, said there was no indication the hackers obtained sensitive information from what it said were a “small group of accounts” targeted.

It did not provide additional information about the attack or possible suspects in its investigation, the Reuters news agency reported.

Twitter’s notice is the latest in a series of such warnings from tech companies. Google and Facebook have also started issuing warnings to users possibly targeted by state-sponsored attacks.

Government agencies, businesses and media have all been hacked.

Motherboard, a tech news site, and the Financial Times earlier reported on Twitter’s warning.

One organisation that said it received the notice, a Winnipeg-based nonprofit called Coldhak, said the warning from Twitter came on Friday.

The notice said the attackers may have been trying to obtain information such as “email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers”.

Coldhak’s Twitter account, @coldhakca , retweeted reports from a number of other users who said they received the notice. Coldhak and the other users did not indicate why they may have been singled out.

Source: Reuters