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United States – Twitter

Exploit: Accidental data sharing
Twitter: Social Media Platform

Risk to Small Business: 2.602 = Moderate

Twitter sent a notification to business clients last week acknowledging a data breach that exposed the personal and billing information of some users. The breach occurred due to an issue that led to some users’ sensitive information being stored in the browser’s cache. Twitter explained that it recently became aware of this issue. Business users were warned that prior to May 20, 2020, if you viewed your billing information on ads.twitter or analytics.twitter your account’s billing information may be at risk.

Individual Risk: 2.602 = Moderate

Twitter did not release an estimate of the accounts affected, but it did specify that only business customers were at risk, and only a percentage of business customers had any details exposed. The leaked information potentially included email addresses, users’ contact numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers used for Ads accounts. Twitter business customers should monitor potentially affected payment accounts.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Information like this quickly makes its way to the Dark Web, setting businesses up for cyberattacks including spear phishing attempts. In addition, failing to guard a business customer’s recurring payment information can negatively impact their relationship with that service provider.