Twitter Corporate Info Hacked And Sent To Bloggers

by Varun Mathur | Startups

This is hard to believe. Twitter, a company which has received $55million in VC funding, has millions of celebrity users and probably valued in the billions - has had a security incident which is unheard of in the startup world. A hacker gained access to 310 internal Twitter documents - stuff like financial projections, meeting notes, list of candidates who interviewed for senior jobs, phone logs of employees, floor plans, security passcodes of the office, etc; and sent out these documents to TechCrunch and other outlets. Surely someone or the other would publish these documents - so the cat is out of the bag already. Even TechCrunch has made a bold decision to publish some of these documents starting today. It would be interesting to see how Twitter reacts to this. Given their dominant position in the market, I feel they might be able to come off unscathed, but blogs publishing those documents sent by a hacker are walking a fine line and probably facing legal repurcussions from Twitter and its backers. This is what Michael Arrington (founder of TechCrunch) just posted on his Twitter account:

"arrington ok, really going to bed now. why do i feel like I'm going to wake up to a blog/twitter shitstorm and a possible restraining order? night all

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Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur is the Techvibes Community Manager in Toronto, focused on covering local tech startups, news and events. He is also a Co-founder and Product Manager at Zytran, a Toronto-based web startup which developed and launched - a personal news aggregator (Alertle's version 1.0 got widespread global coverage, with reviews written about it in various tech blogs and in over a dozen... more

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