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Twitter suspends fake accounts linked to Iran, Israel and Malaysia

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Twitter suspended an unspecified number of fake accounts that were exploiting its API to match usernames to phone numbers. A "particularly high volume" of such requests came from IP addresses in Iran, Israel and Malaysia. The company further claimed that some of these IP addresses may be linked to state-sponsored actors. But doesn't Twitter offer that feature already? Yes, Twitter allows users to link their phone numbers to their accounts, and separately allows them to be searched by it. In this case, the API was exploited "beyond its intended use case". People who did not opt in to this service were not exposed by this vulnerability. What has Twitter done? Apart from suspending the fake accounts and any other accounts exploiting this vulnerability, it changed the API so that it "could no longer return specific account names in response to…

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