Thought your Twitter was set to private? Think again!
Twitter has discovered a nasty little security flaw. The flaw affected users that were using Twitter for Android, had their account set to “protected” and updated their linked email. If all three of those things occurred, the account may have been made public.
Unfortunately, Twitter is unaware of how many people may be affected by this flaw. Also unfortunate, this flaw is long lived. Twitter has warned that the flaw has been around from November of 2014 to January of 2019. Twitter has said in a statement that the flaw has been fixed as of January 14th, and that protected status had been returned to those users who had it removed. Still, it would be a good idea if you believe that you may have been affected, to check your settings now.
“We’re very sorry this happened and we’re conducting a full review to help prevent this from happening again,” Twitter said in a statement. The problem isn’t really so much that the issue occurred, but that it took Twitter 5 years to discover it. One must wonder how many more issues are out there awaiting discovery?