If you’re a Twitter junkie and love spending time on the app scrolling through your feed looking for the next trending topic, then its important you know about a recent security breach in the Android app.
Earlier this week, Twitter sent out an urgent email to millions of users informing them about a vulnerability that was traced in the Android app.
Twitter confirmed a vulnerability in its Android app that could let hackers see your “nonpublic account information” and allow the attacker to take over your account giving them the ability even send tweets and direct messages.
According to Twitter’s Privacy Center blog posted Friday, the recently patched security issue could allow hackers to gain control of an account and access data like location information and protected tweets “through a complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app,” potentially putting millions of users at risk.
According to Twitter support in a recent tweet, they informed users that the issue had been fixed for Android version 7.93.4 (released in November for KitKat) as well as version 8.18 (released in October for Lollipop and newer).
Twitter confirmed that the vulnerability could let hackers see your “nonpublic account information”
If you have been holding out on updates because you want to save on your data expenses then, my dear friends, its high time you updated your app immediately before someone uses this hack to exploit your account.
There is also a possibility according to reports that iOS/Apple users weren’t affected by the issue however, just to be on a safe side update your app too in case there is an update available.
Based on reports from Twitter’s blog post, there is no evidence that suggests that there were any bad actors taking advantage of the bug found in the app however, the social platform isn’t taking any chances and are undertaking a proactive response.
At the moment, Twitter has been emailing its users who are likely to be at risk by providing instructions on how to update the app and avoid being victims of the exploitation found.
This makes one wonder about what other security breaches that could be existing that Twitter may not know about and are being used to take exploit user data. In this day and age where privacy is an important issue, it can be damaging to any company that gets caught pants down if their applications or software is breached.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.