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Twitter’s Source Code has Apparently been Leaked Online in Parts

Twitter's Source Code has Apparently been Leaked Online in Parts

The leaked data was initially posted on Github, but it has since been removed.

According to The New York Times, there has been another embarrassing incident for Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk. Court documents released on Friday indicate that some parts of Twitter’s source code, which is the basic programming that makes the site work, were leaked on the internet.

Twitter went to court and claimed that someone had violated their copyright by posting their code on Github, a platform for collaborative programming. They wanted the code to be removed and asked the court to make Github reveal the identity of the person who posted the code and those who downloaded it. Although the code was taken down the same day, it’s not clear how long it had been up or how many people saw it. Twitter’s request to reveal personal information about those involved in the incident is similar to a previous failed attempt by Raytheon. The case was heard in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

According to sources within Twitter’s internal investigation into the code leak, executives believe it was done by a former employee who left the company “within the last year.” The New York Times reported this information. Interestingly, Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk bought the company in October of last year for $44 billion, and subsequently laid off a significant amount of staff. While many had feared a 75% staff reduction, it was actually closer to 80%.

The executive who spoke with the New York Times expressed concern that the stolen code could lead to more successful hacking attempts. The stolen code could expose new vulnerabilities or give hackers access to user data. This could be particularly worrisome for Twitter, which has already seen a resurgence of scammers and white nationalists on the platform since Elon Musk became CEO. If advertisers and users fear the threat of hacking, it may be the final straw that causes them to abandon the platform.

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Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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