Twitter Confirms Some Emails and Phone Numbers Tied to Vine Accounts Were Exposed


Twitter, which owns Vine and closed the service down not too long ago, has confirmed a bug briefly exposed a variety of different email addresses and phone numbers.

Twitter made the announcement today through an email to those who have their phone number or email address associated with a Vine account. The company says that if you didn’t receive an email from Twitter regarding the situation then you were “likely not effected.” Otherwise, the bug exposed phone numbers and email addresses for a 24-hour period.

For its part, Twitter says that this information does not mean that if someone did catch your phone number or email, it did not expose passwords, or otherwise provide access to accounts. The bug was connected to the Vine Archive, which allows folks to see old Vines that have been published in the past, while the service was live.

Here’s the confirmation from Twitter, via Medium:

“We would like to inform the Vine community that we were alerted to — and immediately fixed — a bug that affected the Vine Archive for less than 24 hours. The bug had the potential to expose the email address or phone number associated with a Vine account to third parties under certain circumstances.

We have already notified all affected account holders for whom we have a verified email address on file, so if you weren’t notified, you most likely weren’t affected.

While we have no information indicating that any user information impacted by this incident has been misused, it’s always a good idea to be cautious of emails or text messages received from unknown senders. Please keep in mind that Vine will only send communications from @twitter.com, and we will never send emails with attachments or request your password by email.”

So, if you get an assortment of spam emails or phone calls/texts, this might be why.

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