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Twitter in probe after hacker offers 400 million users data for sale

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Twitter will come under investigation by a watchdog after claims by a hacker to have private details linked to over 400 million accounts.

The hacker “Ryushi” is asking for $200,000 to hand over and destroy the data, which is said to include the information of certain celebrities.

With respect to that security concern, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) of Ireland said it “will evaluate Twitter’s compliance with data-protection rules.”

Twitter has not commented on the claim.

The data is said to include phone numbers and emails, including those belonging to celebrities and politicians, but the purported size of the haul is not confirmed. Only a small “sample” has so far been made public.

BBC reports that data of US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was included in the sample of data published by the hacker. The data of broadcaster Piers Morgan, who recently had his Twitter account hacked, is also reported to be included.

Twitter has so far not responded to press inquiries about the claimed breach.

Writing by Muzha Kucha