According to several popular outlets, certain important parts of Twitter’s source code were leaked online. The leak was plugged after the social media platform filed a request. The source code appeared on GitHub, who published the DMCA request online. The request said that the leaked information included “proprietary source code for Twitter’s platform and internal tools.”
The New York Times who reported the leak of Twitter’s code said that the code might have been available for months before it was taken down by GitHub.
The DMCA takedown that was published by GitHub identifies the profile associated with the code leak as a single code contributor, who is non-public, since early January. The account’s name is listed as “FreeSpeechEnthusiast.” In the past Elon Musk, the owner of privately held social media platform Twitter had called himself as a “free speech absolutist.”
Hackers who target source code are able to see non-public internal workings of a company or platform. Proprietary source code generally contains the firm’s closely guarded secrets. Making this code public can reveal the vulnerabilities in the software as well as help competitors as well as other hackers benefit from it.
The Times and Bloomberg reported that Twitter has submitted a filing in a court in California asking for information about the person who was responsible for leaking the code as well information about GitHub users who might have downloaded it.
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The filing wants the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to order GitHub to provide information about the following:
their telephone numbers
their social media profiles and
their IP addresses.
According to the Times, executives think that the person who leaked the code might have left the company last year.
Twitter responded with a poop emoji, as is its auto-response from months, while GitHub has not responded, as yet.
San Francisco based Twitter was bought by Elon Musk for $44 billion, in October 22. He fired thousands of employees and some of them quit. Twitter has lost about 75 percent of its employees and more than 50 percent of its value since its acquisition by Musk who made it a private company. According to reports it’s currently valued at $20 billion.
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