Twitter is dealing with another issue, as court records revealed last Friday that part of its source code was leaked online. According to The New York Times, the leaked source code is the foundation of Twitter. Twitter has alleged copyright infringement and demanded that the relevant code be removed from the software development platform GitHub. The code was deleted the same day, although it is unknown how long it was exposed or the magnitude of the breach.
Twitter is also requesting a court order from the Northern District of California revealing the name of the individual who submitted the code on GitHub. The company is concerned that the stolen code may expose new vulnerabilities or allow malicious parties to access the data of Twitter users. Twitter officials believe the leak was initiated by a “disgruntled employee who left the company within a year.”
The leak of Twitter source code is concerning, especially because it may promote further hacker efforts. Under Elon Musk’s leadership, the company has already lost users and advertising owing to insecurity and a rise in fraudsters and white supremacists after its acquisition for $44 billion last October. This hack’s danger might be the deciding factor for users and marketers.
Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO, and the company must work rapidly to rebuild user confidence and enhance security procedures. Nevertheless, the impact of the leaked code is currently unknown, and more information will be published in the future. The stolen code might have major consequences for Twitter’s future orientation, and how the company will handle the situation remains to be seen.