(MENAFN) Twitter has announced that some of its source code, the fundamental computer code governing its operations, has been leaked, possibly creating further security and technical challenges for the company, which has already faced multiple rounds of deep job cuts. The leak reportedly occurred when an anonymous individual or group, known as "FreeSpeechEnthusiast," posted "various excerpts" of Twitter's source code to GitHub, a software development platform owned by Microsoft.
In response to the leak, Twitter has filed a legal complaint alleging that it infringes on its copyrights. The company has also requested that GitHub take down the post, which it did on Friday, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice. Twitter has further requested that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California order GitHub to provide information on the individuals who uploaded and downloaded the code.
The company is seeking names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, social media profile data, and IP addresses associated with the user account "FreeSpeechEnthusiast." The name is believed to be a reference to Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who has described himself as a free speech absolutist. The leak of the source code could potentially make it easier for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities in Twitter's systems, which could compromise user data and privacy.
Twitter has been facing a number of challenges in recent years, including declining user growth and increased competition from other social media platforms. The company has also been the target of several high-profile security breaches, including the 2020 hack of high-profile accounts belonging to prominent individuals and companies, which resulted in a Bitcoin scam.
The leak of the source code is likely to compound these challenges, as it could make it more difficult for Twitter to maintain the security and integrity of its systems. The company has stated that it is taking the matter seriously and is working to address the issue. However, the incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing need for companies to prioritize cybersecurity and to take proactive measures to protect their systems from potential threats.
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