Twitter fixes security issue affecting some Android devices

The Twitter logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration.
The Twitter logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration.PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Twitter said on Wednesday (Aug 5) it had fixed a security issue that could have allowed hackers to access private Twitter data, including messages, of some Android users.

The microblogging site said it was not aware if the security issue was exploited by attackers, adding it had updated Twitter's Android app so that other apps cannot access its data.

Twitter added that this was an underlying Android security issue and was not a hack or a breach, nor was it related to any other recent security incident.

Hackers accessed the social media company's internal systems on July 15 to hijack some of the platform's top voices including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former US President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk and used them to solicit digital currency.