Twitter source code was leaked via GitHub by an anonymous user

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Parts of Twitter’s source code have been leaked online, according to a rare and important exposure of intellectual property. Twitter has moved to remove the leaked code by sending a copyright infringement notice to GitHub, an online collaboration platform for software developers where the code was posted.

Twitter has also asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California to order GitHub to identify the person who shared the code and anyone else who downloaded it. Twitter has launched an investigation into the leak, and executives handling the matter have speculated that the person responsible left the San Francisco-based company last year. The exposed source code adds to the challenges facing Elon Musk’s Twitter.

Twitter source code leak

Tech companies often see their source code as a closely guarded secret and won’t share it for fear it might give competitors an unfair advantage or reveal security vulnerabilities. But even as tech companies do their best to protect their code bases, they have become prime targets for opportunists, hackers, and others.

For Twitter, this leak also adds to growing structural and financial challenges. Elon Musk has been trying to make changes to the social network for the past few months by cutting costs, testing new features and welcoming previously banned users. But service interruptions have increased, while advertisers, who are the company’s main source of revenue, have been reluctant to run ads on the site.

This turmoil has caused financial damage to the company. On Friday, Musk told his employees in an email that Twitter was worth roughly $20 billion, more than 50 percent less than what he paid for it. He said “radical changes” at the company, including mass layoffs and cost cutting, were necessary to avoid bankruptcy and streamline operations.

Leak Investigation

As reported by the New York Times, Twitter has launched an investigation into the leak and executives handling the matter have surmised that the person responsible, identified on GitHub as “FreeSpeechEnthusiast,” left the San Francisco-based company last year. One concern is that the code includes security vulnerabilities that could give hackers or other motivated parties the tools to extract user data or take down the site.

Twitter asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California to order GitHub to identify the person who shared the code and anyone else who downloaded it. This leak comes shortly after Musk promised to make some of Twitter’s code public, a process that could help make Twitter’s code more secure so anyone can review and analyze it for potential flaws.

The risks of a source code leak

Source code leaks are a significant risk for any technology company, as it can expose security gaps and trade secrets. Faced with this danger, companies usually have previously protocolized procedures and security measures. to prevent the source code from leaking. These procedures include limiting access to source code and developer review and approval of code changes. However, even with these security measures, employees can knowingly or even unknowingly access and leak source code. Additionally, hackers can exploit certain previously discovered vulnerabilities in company software to gain access to the source code.

Such an event can be especially dangerous for companies that are highly dependent on their intellectual property, such as Twitter. Intellectual property can include software source code, as well as patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. If a competitor gains access to a company’s intellectual property, he can use that information to compete with the company in the marketplace.

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