The company suspects a former disgruntled employee may have leaked code

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Twitter announced that parts of its source code were leaked online, making it potentially vulnerable to hackers, and the platform’s officials suspect a disgruntled insider is to blame.

The social media company on Friday notified GitHub, an online hosting service for software development, that it had allowed Twitter code to be posted in violation of copyright law, The New York Times reported. Twitter filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California asking it to order GitHub to identify the person behind the leak and anyone else involved in the caper, the Times reported.

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GitHub responded to the Twitter filing by asking for a description of the copyrighted code that had allegedly been infringed, prompting Twitter to say the material was “proprietary source code for Twitter’s platform and internal tools.” The platform acknowledged that it had no measures in place to control access to the content.

The source code is the critical software behind Twitter’s programming functions. Threat analyst Brett Callow told the Times that the public posting of Twitter’s source code could help hackers by making  “it a little bit easier and speedier to probe for vulnerabilities.”

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