Twitter suffered an unprecedented attack last week and now, more information about what occurred is coming out; here’s what’s known so far…
Last week, Twitter became the target of a major security breach and cryptocurrency scam. During the attack, an unknown number of hackers gained access to several high-profile accounts. Thereafter, the social microblog proactively locked down many accounts, then released a statement.
It disclosed the hackers made download attempts on as many as eight unverified accounts’ “Your Twitter Data” archives, containing profiles and personal information (DMs, phone numbers, email addresses), and which can even include deleted messages and contacts.
Recent Twitter Hack Compromised at Least 130 Accounts
Although the site claims none of the high-profile users in question were victim to such a breach, the undeniable risks faced by influential account holders on the social media platform have prompted an onslaught of questions and concerns.
The scam affected numerous prominent individuals and companies, including President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, rappers Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, moguls Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, and more. In all, around 130 accounts were targeted. Forty-five accounts were used to post. The impacted accounts were used to display very similar messages, always hosting an identical bitcoin wallet address. The reiterated message urged followers to send money, promising to send back double the amount.
Not only were wealthy businessmen like Mike Bloomberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos among those successfully hacked, so too were company profiles for major corporations like Uber and Apple. Time limits and dollar figure maximums were placed on the messages to create urgency. Many even exploited supposed fundraising efforts in the name of “Covid-19” — an unsurprisingly tasteless touch.
It’s been determined that Twitter’s own employee admin tools were involved in the hack. The company stated the offenders “successfully manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to access Twitter’s internal systems, including getting through our two-factor protections.”
The implications of the incident are grave and impossible to ignore. Concerns over national security have prompted the FBI to open an investigation.