While the complete data set has yet to be confirmed, Bleeping Computer downloaded it and confirmed that some was accurate and belonged in fact to real Twitter profiles.
A hacker forum shared data including the email addresses of over 200 million Twitter users without asking for payment.
Alon Gal from cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock discovered the leak and stated that over 200 million addresses were made public.
The stolen information includes the e-mail addresses that were used to register accounts. This could be worrying for anonymous users who signed up using sensitive e mails.
He believes that hackers could target many users and use phishing tactics to get them to hack.
Although duplicate e-mails were found, another researcher stated that the unique number affected addresses was greater than 100 million.
Although the data set is not confirmed, Bleeping Computer was able to download it. It confirmed that some of the data belonged to actual Twitter accounts.
This news comes just days after a hacker threatened that he would release the emails and phone numbers from 400 million Twitter accounts if he didn’t get $200,000.
Early indications are that the data set may be genuine. However, it could also represent a re-release or a leak of data.