HubSpot data breach and Twitter X new data security concerns

HubSpot, a prominent American CRM and marketing software company, has initiated an investigation following a cyber attack that potentially compromised data from a limited number of customer accounts. The incident, which occurred on June 22, prompted immediate action from the company’s IT team, who are currently engaged in a thorough examination of the breach. As a precautionary measure, HubSpot has launched a comprehensive data audit and has committed to providing further updates as the investigation progresses.

In a separate development, Elon Musk, formerly the CEO of Twitter, now known as X, has sparked concerns over data security by outsourcing the ID verification process to an Israeli firm. In September 2023, X entrusted the ID verification responsibilities to AU10TIX, granting them permission to retain data for up to 30 days. This includes verifying government IDs, assigning the coveted blue verification badge to user accounts, and storing associated data for a limited period.

Privacy advocates have voiced apprehensions regarding X’s decision to delegate ID verification to a third-party entity, citing potential risks to user data privacy. Concerns have been raised about the possibility of sensitive information, such as selfies and government IDs, being mishandled or exploited for commercial purposes.

In response to these concerns, a spokesperson from X has dismissed allegations of data misuse, asserting that AU10TIX has a longstanding track record in identity verification since 2002, with no history of breaching user data or engaging in unauthorized disclosures. The company has also clarified that it has no affiliations with Israeli Military Intelligence, debunking any speculation linking the firm to governmental surveillance activities.

Nevertheless, questions persist about the broader implications of storing personal data on platforms operated by companies like Facebook, Uber, TikTok, and Twitter. Privacy advocates argue that the opaque nature of data handling by these tech giants raises similar concerns about potential misuse or unauthorized access to user information.

As the debate over data privacy intensifies, stakeholders continue to scrutinize how companies safeguard user data and adhere to privacy standards in an increasingly interconnected digital landscape.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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