Twitter appears to be on top of the situation where it was hacked on July 15, 2020. Just two weeks later, Twitter posted tweets and a blog post to give more details on how several high profile accounts, including politicians and large corporations, were being hacked into a Bitcoin scam.
The July 15th Twitter hack
Twitter was actually on the case within an hour of being hacked. Many high level accounts victim of a bitcoin scam with each account tweeting a similar message offering thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.
More than an hour after the messages were posted to these accounts, Twitter disabled the accounts’ tweets to prevent the threat from spreading further.
Admittedly, this felt real compared to the viral social media post that is often transmitted, suggesting that Bill Gates is handing out large sums of money. This hack posted a message on its account stating, “Everyone is asking me to surrender, and now is the time. I duplicate all payments sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes. You send $ 1,000, I send you back $ 2,000. “
The message promised, “Only lasts 30 minutes!” Enjoy! ”And also includes a BTC address. Again, this is similar to existing posts, but it is assumed that there are still people who have fallen victim to it.
The same message also appeared on the accounts of former US President Barack Obama, former US Vice President Joe Biden, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, rapper Kanye West and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Even Apple and Uber were used in this scam.
How the hack was carried out
So how did they do it? Twitter introduced him in a series of tweets and a blog post. The hackers started by targeting certain Twitter employees with a phone phishing attack. The hacker called the employee and pretended to be a trusted person to obtain information that would allow him to gain access to an internal Twitter computer system.
“A successful attack required that attackers have access to both our internal network and specific employee credentials that allowed them to access our internal support tools,” Twitter explained in a blog post.
“Not all employees initially targeted were permitted to use account management tools, but attackers used their credentials to gain access to our internal systems and gain insight into our processes.”
This allowed hackers to “target additional employees who had access to our account support tools.”
One hundred and thirty Twitter accounts were targeted. Hackers were able to tweet from 45 of them, access 36’s DM inbox, and download 7’s Twitter data.
As Twitter’s internal tools, controls and processes are constantly updated and improved, it is now “taking a close look at how it can make them more secure.”
Twitter has been the victim of hackers in the past, such as the viral Twitter Birth Year hoax, and was also used to earn $ 180,000 in Bitcoins in a hack very similar to the July 15 hack by posing as Elon Musk.
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