Twitter warns of state-sponsored attacks for first time

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:34 GMT, Dec 14, 2015 |

Twitter has issued an alert to some users warning them that state-sponsored hackers may have tried to obtain sensitive data from their accounts, the company said.

The notice, the first such warning from the site, said there was no indication the hackers obtained sensitive information from what it said were a “small group of accounts” targeted.

Twitter’s notice is the latest in a series of such warnings from tech companies. Google and Facebook have also started issuing warnings to users possibly targeted by state-sponsored attacks.

The notice said the attackers may have been trying to obtain information such as “email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers”.