Twitter has alerted its Android mobile app users that their direct messages could have been exposed, but there’s no evidence of misuse…
There’s been another security breach. And this time, it involves Android users on Twitter. Specifically, Android Oreo and Android Pie. The issue was an underlying security problem, that was first disclosed in 2018, allowed attackers to read direct messages on devices running Android 8 and 9.
Twitter for Android Security Hole might have Exposed Users’ Direct Messages
The hackers could exploit the flaw by using a “malicious app” in order to bypass Android’s permissions to retrieve sensitive data. However, there’s not much reason to panic. That’s because Twitter applied a security patch, which protects a full 96 percent of Android users.
For the remaining 4 percent, Twitter has updated its app to include extra safeguards to protect against external apps. Plus, the social microblog is additionally notifying affected users and requiring them to update to the latest version. Twitter writes the following on its privacy blog:
“We recently discovered and fixed a vulnerability in Twitter for Android related to an underlying Android OS security issue affecting OS versions 8 and 9. Our understanding is 96% of people using Twitter for Android already have an Android security patch installed that protects them from this vulnerability.”