Hackers have breached Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media networks, the first of a string of attacks that has forced the company to issue new security measures.
The attacks, which also targeted Twitter’s app store, resulted in a massive data breach affecting some 150 million accounts and about 6 million users.
“This is one of the largest and most sophisticated cyber-attacks ever, and we’re taking this seriously,” Twitter said in a statement to USA Today.
“The company will take action as appropriate to address these issues.”
Twitter said the breach affected about 20% of its users worldwide, and the company is working to identify the attackers.
The latest attack is the first time Twitter has been affected by a breach of this magnitude.
According to the company, “This attack was designed to target accounts in the United States and its territories and impacted users in several countries, including the U.S. and Mexico.
Our team is actively investigating the incident and will share more information as it becomes available.”
Facebook has also been hit by a series of cyberattacks in recent months, with the company’s latest attack on its social network causing a massive outage and forcing the closure of the site.
“We have been investigating this issue and are working closely with law enforcement authorities,” Facebook said in an emailed statement.
The social network also confirmed to the Washington Post that it has experienced a number of other attacks and will continue to work with law-enforcement agencies to investigate them.