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Mysterious Twitter bug linked to the ‘unusual activity’ of China and Saudi Arabia

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A mysterious Twitter bug is linked to suspicious activity from China and Saudi Arabia.

“We have to be aware of a problem related to one of our support forms, which is used by account holders to contact Twitter about the problems with their account,” said Twitter, in a statement released Monday.

The bug can be used to discover the country code of people phone numbers, if they had one in connection with their Twitter account, as well as whether or not their account was blocked by Twitter.

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Twitter started to work to deal with the bug on Nov. 15 and fixed the next day. However, the company’s research into the mysterious issue has led to China and Saudi Arabia.

“We saw a large number of requests coming from individual IP addresses located in China and Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Although we can’t confirm intent or grant for certain, it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have links with state-sponsored actors.”

The issue does not expose full phone numbers or users’ other personal data, according to the San Francisco-based company.

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The hack has led to the speculation that the bug may have been used for the purpose of dissidents.

Fox News has reached out to the Chinese and the Saudi authorities with a request to comment on the mysterious bug.

Twitter turned out to be the bug on the same day that the two separate reports showed the enormous scale of the Russian social media campaign to sow discord in the US

In October, Twitter also released an archive of more than 10 million tweets from Russia and Iran, which it says, shows the efforts of sparks, friction in America.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this article.

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