Between all the behind-the-scenes drama to its slipping day-to-day functionality, Twitter has been having a rough go of it. And now it appears that things have gone from bad to worse as it's been reported that hackers have stolen the email addresses of over 200 million Twitter users.

Yeah, it's bad.

As this is a massive online safety issue, we're going to take a look into this massive email leak and what to do if your Twitter account has been hacked.

Just remember that if you need support or someone to talk to, our Sonder support team is available 24/7 to chat whenever you need it.

So what exactly happened with this Twitter email leak?

According to the co-founder of Israeli cybersecurity-monitoring firm Hudson Rock, hackers have stolen the email addresses of over 200 million Twitter users and posted them on an online hacking forum.

As such, not only is this data breach a massive online security nightmare but the affected Twitter users will be exposed to hacking, targeting phishing, and doxxing attempts from cybercriminals who managed to get their hands on the stolen email addresses.

No passwords appear to have been leaked at the time of writing, but it's important to stay vigilant.

What to do if your Twitter account has been hacked or you've been targeted by scammers

If you've received a phishing email of any kind, the first thing is to avoid opening it and then delete it directly from your inbox. To minimise any risk of a scammer getting their hooks into you, make sure you:

  • Use strong and unique passwords for your logins - Don't use the same one for multiple platforms.

  • Turn on two-factor authentication if you can - You will also need a one-time code to log in as well.

  • Don’t overshare - You don't have to share everything on social media.

  • Stay vigilant - don't interact or reply to an account that seems suspicious.

If you've accidentally clicked on a link in the phishing email, do not enter any information on the site you're directed to. If you've clicked on or saved a suspicious attachment deleted it immediately and run an anti-virus scan on your device.

If you've shared personal details in response to a phishing email or your Twitter account has been hacked, you'll need to:

  • Change the passwords for any online accounts that might be at risk. Make sure to enable two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

  • Request a password reset from Twitter here. If you're able to log in after the password reset, check if your account has been compromised here and re-secure it ASAP. More detailed instructions can be found here.

If you are unable to login to your Twitter account, you can submit a Support Request or head over here for further help.

If you have any questions or need extra support, we're here to help you anytime in any language. Simply start a chat with us via the home screen of the Sonder app.

Information sourced from: ABC, Reuters, and Twitter

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