A well-coordinated attack saw hackers getting the better of Twitter employees which gave them access to the platform’s internal systems and tools resulting in targeted attacks.
Yesterday, accounts of some of the most powerful people on the planet were hacked into and several tweets sent while for some like Bill Gates, money was also taken.
Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are among many prominent US figures targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam.
“Everyone is asking me to give back,” a tweet from Mr Gates’ account said. “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”
On the official account of Mr Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX chief appeared to offer to double any Bitcoin payment sent to the address of his digital wallet “for the next 30 minutes”.
“I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19,” the tweet added, along with a Bitcoin link address.
Twitter in a series of tweets highlighted that they were aware of the hacks going in the many accounts and particularly prominent figures and verified accounts.
“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.” Said the social media platform.
Twitter said that they detected what they believe to have been coordinated attacks on their platform. “We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”
How did Twitter React to the hack on the accounts?
As a response measure to the attack on several accounts, Twitter put a limitation on all the major security changes for almost all the accounts where one would not be able to change their passwords and the like. “You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident.”
Twitter stated that they locked the accounts of those who had been hacked and would only return the accounts details to the owner after certifying that they were the original owners.
“We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely.”
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