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Twitter Admits Data Breach Compromised Anonymous Accounts

Twitter has released an official statement admitting that it was unable to confirm the number of profiles exposed, but expects the figure to top 5.4 million.

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Twitter has released a statement acknowledging that in December 2020, a coding error resulted in a data breach of user information. A hacker exploited the flaw before it was discovered and subsequently patched in January 2022.

The vulnerability allowed malicious actors to submit an email address or phone number to verify if it was associated with an existing Twitter account. Hackers could then access the associated account ID, linking the information together.

A researcher uncovered the coding flaw through Twitter’s Bug Bounty program. The social media giant claimed that the vulnerability hadn’t been exploited before engineers were made aware of the issue. However, a hacker who contacted the website Bleeping Computer disputed the official narrative, claiming to have gained access to over 5.4 million user accounts via the flawed code and offering to sell the data for $30,000.

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After reviewing the compiled database, Twitter responded with an official statement:

“Because we can’t verify every account that may have been affected, we’re releasing this alert because we’re particularly concerned about people using pseudonymous accounts who may be targeted by the state or other actors. If you use a pseudonymous Twitter account, we realize the hazards that an occurrence like this might bring and we profoundly regret that this happened.”

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Owners of accounts that have been compromised due to the data breach will be notified by direct message from Twitter, with the company advising those who wish to remain anonymous online not to associate a publicly available email or phone number with their account.

Because two or more individuals have already purchased and gained access to the leaked data, users should be wary of targeted phishing scams trying to gain access to login credentials. Although no passwords were revealed during the initial breach, Twitter advises all users to adopt two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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