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Twitter says hackers downloaded private account data
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Twitter has confirmed hackers made use of tools that were supposed to have only been available to its own staff to carry off Wednesday's hack attack.
The breach saw the accounts of Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye West and Bill Gates among other celebrities used to tweet a Bitcoin scam.
Twitter also revealed the perpetrators had downloaded data from up to eight of the accounts involved.
It declined to reveal their identities but said none of them were "verified".
This means they did not have a blue tick to confirm their ownership, and thus were not among the most high-profile hacked accounts.
However, the fact the attackers were able to make use of the Your Twitter Data download tool means they now potentially have access to affected users':
  • private direct messages, including photos and videos

  • contacts, which Twitter's app would have imported from their smartphone address books

  • physical location history, logged at times they had used the service

  • details about the accounts they had muted and blocked

  • interest and demographic information Twitter had inferred about them via their use of its platform
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