Is scrolling through your Twitter page part of your daily routine? This sad news will make you want to update your Twitter for Android app.
Unfortunately, there’s a bug in its Android app that could let hackers see your “nonpublic account information.” And what is even worse? This bug takes control of your account and sends tweets and direct messages on its own.
So, what’s the chaos all about?
A Twitter bug threatens the security of millions of its users
One of the popular social media apps right now is Twitter. It has millions of users worldwide on both Android and iOS platforms. So, when a bug threatens its security, for sure its millions of users will be affected too.
Now is the perfect example of that. A Twitter Privacy Center blog was posted on Friday and according to the post, the recently patched security issue could allow hackers to gain control over a Twitter account.
And you know what’s worse, these hackers will then have access to the user’s data like location information and protected tweets “through a complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app.”
The result: it can potentially put millions of users at risk.
That is some bad news, right? But despite that, a bearer of good news came from the Twitter support page. A tweet detailed that the issue has been taken care of through a fix that was issued to different versions of the Android operating system.
The popular social media app released a fix for Android version 7.93.4 (which was released in November for KitKat) and also for version 8.18 (which was also released in October for Lollipop and newer).
Twitter for Android users must update their apps right now!
So, the only solution for Android users: update your Twitter apps to the latest version immediately.
The blog went on to say that there is no evidence to suggest any bad actors have exploited this bug. That is good news, right? However, Twitter can’t be entirely sure though. That is why the app is taking proactive action regarding the issue.
It’s currently emailing its Android users who are most likely to be at risk for this exploitation. Also, Twitter is providing instructions on how to update the app as well.
The way the bug works is not that straightforward, so, it is unlikely a lot of users have been affected due to this. Essentially, Twitter left a sensitive storage area of its app unprotected.
A hacker could, in theory, still insert that malicious code into where Twitter stores private information on your phone and misuse that access to get your personal data and even post messages and tweets from your profile, by either through another third-party of an unverified online download.
On the other hand, Twitter for iOS app was not affected by the bug at all. So, iOS users can keep scrolling through the app with some peace of mind.
Here’s the point, if you have everything set up on automatic updates, or even if you have updated the Twitter app manually, then you are probably in the clear. But still, it would still be worth double-checking just to make sure.