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Twitter revealed the zero-day vulnerability that allowed a bad actor to compile a list of 5.4 million account profiles in December 2021 is now patched as of Friday.

A zero-day vulnerability is a software flaw that is unknown to the parties responsible for the site and is live an open window for those lurking in the backend of the website.

The vulnerability allowed the hacker known as 'devil' to scrape Twitter and collect phone numbers and emails associated with the millions of accounts that belonged to 'celebrities, companies and random people,' according to a post by the hacker on the dark web that says the collection was due to 'Twitters incompetence.' 

The fix comes too late, as the hacker already uploaded the data to the dark web and was selling the accounts for $30,000 each – it is not clear how many have been bought, BleepingComputer reports.

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Twitter patched a flaw in its software that let a hacker compile phone numbers and email address associated with 5.4 million accounts

Twitter disclosed in a security advisory Friday: 'In January 2022, we received a report through our bug bounty program of a vulnerability that allowed someone to identify the email or phone number associated with an account or, if they knew a person's email or phone number, they could identify their Twitter account, if one existed.'

'This bug resulted from an update to our code in June 2021. When we learned about this, we immediately investigated and fixed it. At that time, we had no evidence to suggest someone had taken advantage of the vulnerability.'

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Twitter told BleepingComputer that it is aware who some of the users are who were impacted by the hack and is sending these individuals notifications to inform them their phone number or email address is now compromised. 

However, the social media platform us not clear how many users were victimized. 

The fix comes too late, as the hacker already uploaded the data to the dark web and was selling the accounts for $30,000 each – it is not clear how many have been bought

At this time, Twitter tells us that they cannot determine the exact number of people impacted by the breach. No passwords were collected by 'devil,' so accounts will not be stolen.

Twitter urges users to establish the two-factor authentication on their accounts to stop anyone from wrongfully accessing their account.

'We are publishing this update because we aren't able to confirm every account that was potentially impacted, and are particularly mindful of people with pseudonymous accounts who can be targeted by state or other actors,' warned the Twitter advisory.

 Graham Ivan Clark was responsible for a global Twitter hack in 2020

This attack, although large, did not make as much noise as the global hack that hijacked accounts belong to high profile people like Bill Gates, Barak Obama and Bill Gates.

The July 15, 2020, breach, the biggest in Twitter history, also took over accounts of celebrities including Elon Musk, Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Floyd Mayweather and Kim Kardashian. 

Messages were posted from the famous accounts telling followers to send Bitcoin payments to email addresses, swindling more than $180,000 out of unsuspecting victims in the process. 

A hacker who identified himself as 'Kirk', believed to be Graham Ivan Clark, claimed to be a Twitter employee and said he could 'reset, swap and control any Twitter account at will' in exchange for cybercurrency payments, according to court papers. Clark, who was sentenced as a youthful offender - he was 17 years old at the time at the time - took a three-year prison plea.

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Horoscopes | Horoscopes Aug. 17, 2022: Robert De Niro, control and lead

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Austin Butler, 31; Tammy Townsend, 52; Donnie Wahlberg, 53; Robert De Niro, 79.

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) 

Happy Birthday: Settle down and monitor situations carefully before you get involved. Refuse to let your emotions take over and lead you in the wrong direction. Focus on personal improvements and educational pursuits that will allow you to expand your interests and your cash flow. Be willing to compromise, but don’t give anyone the power to make decisions for you. Control and lead. Your numbers are 3, 15, 21, 26, 32, 44, 49.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Mix business with pleasure, and you’ll gain ground. Your input and delightful way of dealing with others will help you score points. Take some time to rejuvenate or spend with someone you love. Catching up will bring you closer. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’ll get the wrong impression if you let your emotions take over. Be aware of what others are doing, and ask questions to ensure you know what’s happening. Being prepared to protect against outside influences is encouraged. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Sit sight and observe. Choose your words wisely, and give no one a chance to misinterpret what you say. Make your health and well-being prime concerns. Staying current will keep you moving forward and help you handle opposition. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Call on people you know you can count on for assistance. A conversation will convince you to branch out in a direction where you know your skills can do some good. Take pride in what you do, and others will take notice. 4 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Pace yourself and monitor what’s happening around you. Learn from the experience you have when dealing with superiors or facing competition. Stand up for your beliefs, but don’t start a feud with someone you need in your corner. Romance is favored. 2 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Consider what puts a smile on your face, and double down until you feel the euphoria you want to achieve. Don’t let emotions or anger interfere with making the right decision regarding your health, wealth and relationship issues. 5 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Look for an opening and charm your way into a position that gives you a shot at presenting and marketing what you have to offer. A friendly, positive demeanor will encourage the response you want and the assistance you need to continue. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Step away from people trying to disrupt your plans. Refuse to let anyone limit your potential. Pour your energy into change and completion. Use your imagination and find a solution to any problem you encounter. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t enter a battle you cannot win. Focus less on the demands being put on you, and strive to satisfy your dreams. Question information that appears to benefit someone else more than you. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing. 3 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Question what’s happening, and figure out what you want before implementing change. Take care of money issues before you get involved in a joint venture. Don’t let a friendship jeopardize your relationship with someone you love. 5 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be reasonable and compromise. Getting along with others will strengthen your position among friends, peers and family members. Don’t be afraid to speak up about what’s important to you. Deal with a change of heart openly. Truth matters. 2 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Keep your personal and professional lives separate. Changing how you handle money and work responsibilities will help you nullify negative comments that can hurt your reputation. Process your thoughts and have an alternative plan in place. 4 stars

Birthday Baby: You are pleasing, friendly and accommodating. You are open and resourceful.

1 star: Avoid conflicts; work behind the scenes. 2 stars: You can accomplish, but don’t rely on others. 3 stars: Focus and you’ll reach your goals. 4 stars: Aim high; start new projects. 5 stars: Nothing can stop you; go for gold.

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