In today’s edition of “Who Got Hacked?” nearly 33 million Twitter users are the victims.
A hacker who goes by Tessa88 is selling the enormous list of usernames and passwords for 10 bit coins, or about $5,820, on the dark web, according to the BBC.
A blog named LeakedSource, which built a database of the stolen or leaked login info, said it was provided the data set from Tessa88. Each record may include one to two email addresses, a username and password, according to the blog. It is unlikely that Twitter was breached; rather, malware could be the culprit, the blog said.
“The explanation for this is that tens of millions of people have become infected by malware, and the malware sent every saved username and password from browsers like Chrome and Firefox back to the hackers from all websites including Twitter,” LeakedSource said in its blog Wednesday.
Michael Coates, Twitter’s trust and information security officer, tweeted Wednesday that Twitter is investigating the reports and that they are “confident that (their) systems have not been breached.”
This latest spree follows a slew of celebrity accounts that were hacked earlier this week, including Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Keith Richards and Tenacious D, as well as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.