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Twitter Warns Users Of Accounts Targetted By Government Hackers

14/12/2015 13:40 GMT | Updated 14/12/2015 13:59 GMT

Twitter is warning users who may have had their accounts "targeted" by government hackers.

In an email, the site said "state-sponsored actors" were trying to "obtain information such as email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers."

The company is yet to identify which governments are using these "state-sponsored actors" but said the matter was under investigation.

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Canadian non-profit, Coldhak, received the message and tweeted:

Twitter's warning follows other tech giants, including Google and Facebook that have vowed to let users know when their accounts are being targeted by governments.

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Chief Security Officer at Facebook, Alex Stamos, introduced the new feature in a blog post and described what the notification would look like on the desktop version of Facebook.

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"...we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state," Stamos wrote on October 17.

However, Stamos was vague about how the organisation will gather its evidence of spying.