Twitter’s source code is posted online, forcing Elon Musk’s firm to immediately file a lawsuit to reveal who was behind the extraordinary security breach.
- Twitter filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking to subpoena GitHub to reveal who is behind the ‘FreeSpeechEnthusiast’ account, which posted the source code online.
- The New York Times reported on the lawsuit on Sunday, saying the source code appeared to have been online since at least January, in a serious security breach.
- Elon Musk on March 17 tweeted that Twitter would “open up all code used to recommend tweets on March 31,” but all the code was already online.
Twitter’s source code was posted online in an embarrassing and potentially damaging security breach, forcing the social media company to take immediate legal action.
The Elon Musk-owned firm filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking a subpoena to force GitHub to reveal who posted parts of the code online.
GitHub removed the code segments.
It was posted by someone using the name ‘FreeSpeechEnthusiast’, an apparent reference to Musk himself, who declared himself a ‘free speech absolutist’.
Analysts believe the code could have been posted online by a disgruntled former employee.
Elon Musk, pictured on January 24, admitted on Friday that the company was currently worth less than half of what he paid for it in October. News broke on Sunday that the company is dealing with a leak of all of its source code.
The code was posted online in January by ‘FreeSpeechEnthusiast’. Musk has launched legal action to try to find the person behind the account
Musk bought the company in October for $44 billion: Since then, 75% of the company’s 7,500 employees have been fired or resigned.
News of the lawsuit and source code leak was reported on Sunday by The New York Times.
They said the code appears to have been live on GitHub since at least January.
It is not clear which parts were shared.
It came about when Musk tweeted on March 17 that he wanted to make part of the source code public, the part related to the recommended tweets.
“Twitter will open all the code used to recommend tweets on March 31,” he said.
‘Our ‘algorithm’ is too complex and not fully understood internally. People will find out a lot of silly stuff, but we’ll fix problems as soon as they’re found!
“We’re developing a simplified approach to posting more compelling tweets, but it’s still a work in progress. That will also be open source.
“Providing transparency in the code will be incredibly embarrassing at first, but it should lead to a rapid improvement in the quality of the recommendations. Most importantly, we hope to earn your trust.
Musk has admitted that the company is now worth less than half of the $44 billion he paid for it.
The New York Times reported that Twitter bosses only learned of the security breach recently.
Sources told the newspaper that executives were concerned that the publicly available code would allow hackers to shut down the site or obtain information about those who use it.
And the news came when Musk admitted, in an email to staff, that the company was struggling.
He said it was worth roughly $20 billion, less than half of what he paid for it.
He said “radical changes” at the company, including mass layoffs and cutting costs, were necessary to avoid bankruptcy and streamline operations.
“Twitter is rapidly reshaping itself,” Musk wrote in the email seen by The New York Times.
He added that the company could be thought of as “a reverse startup” and that he believed Twitter could one day be worth $250 billion.
Musk has yet to tweet about the source leak.