Huge hack on Twitter: Dozens of accounts have been hijacked, mostly by companies and celebrities
Twitter blocked for hours tonight the possibility of verified accounts – ones with a blue V attached to them – to tweet. It did so after it was discovered that dozens of such accounts had been hijacked by hackers.
Hackers hacked into the accounts of Apple and Uber, billionaires Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, and Elon Musk, former US President Barack Obama, former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden, The popular couple Kenya West and Kim Kardashian-West, boxer Floyd Mayweather, the currency exchanges of Binance, CoinBase and Gemini of the Winklebus brothers and more.
For each of the accounts hacked, the hackers posted a tweet in different wording, announcing that anyone who sends Bitcoin to the virtual wallet whose address appeared in all the tweets will get back double the amount he sent. According to the information available on the account, which exists in barely a day, hundreds of transfers were made, in the cumulative amount of almost $ 120,000 (almost 13 bitcoins) – although it is not clear how many of these transfers were from other hackers’ accounts, in an attempt to send money back. To the one who pays him.
We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
At about midnight Israel time, Twitter reported in its support account that “we are aware of a security incident affecting Twitter accounts. We are investigating and taking corrective action.” She clarified that “you may not be able to tweet or reset your password while we check and handle the incident.” After about three hours announced that most accounts can tweet again.
Early in the morning, the company updated that the investigation revealed that this was a ‘social engineering’ attack, aimed at the company’s employees, in order to gain access to Twitter’s management system. This allowed hackers to hack into multiple accounts simultaneously without having to work on each one individually.
Some accounts were locked after hackers changed their password recovery email addresses to prevent them from performing the procedure and taking them over completely, and the company’s employees ‘access to management systems was restricted to lock out the hackers who hacked into employees’ computers as well.
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