Twitter is actively looking for the individual or people who leaked recent portions of its source code, which were released on GitHub. The code had been accessible online for months before Twitter took action to get it removed on Friday, according to The New York Times.
The leak may have been caused by a worker who left the San Francisco-based company last year, according to executives looking into the situation.
Twitter has also served a subpoena on GitHub, which removed the code on the same day, requesting information on the source of the breach and anyone else who may have downloaded the file.
More on the Twitter Code Leak
The code leaker’s GitHub account is still active, and their username is “FreeSpeechEnthusiast,” which appears to be a clear reference to Elon Musk’s self-described position as a “free speech abolitionist.” The anonymous person appeared to have just posted the source code for Twitter.
Executives in charge of the probe have determined that one of the 7,500 people who have quit their jobs or been let go after Elon Musk paid $44 billion to acquire Twitter in October is to blame for the leak. Musk took precautions, like locking the doors to the offices and restricting engineers’ access to the website code, during his subsequent rounds of mass layoffs to thwart any sabotage.
The implications for Africans
The possibility that a disgruntled former worker was responsible for the leak is equally pertinent to businesses and groups in Africa. Theft by employees of firm assets, such as source code, is not limited to Twitter and can be harmful to the development and profitability of businesses in Africa.
Security flaws in the disclosed source code might allow hackers to steal data or even bring Twitter to a halt. Millions of African users who depend on Twitter for business, news, and communication are also at risk from cybersecurity breaches as a result of the leak.
This incident serves as a timely reminder to African startups of the value of upholding cybersecurity rules and protecting their confidential data from both internal and external threats. Especially now, when several software businesses in Africa are either closing down entirely or cutting staff to “streamline business operations.”
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