Twitter accounts belonging to the US former vice president Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and other prominent handles were hacked on Wednesday. Twitter believes this is an attack on some of its employees with access to the company’s internal tools. Twitter Support account tweeted that they detected what they believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of their employees with access to internal systems and tools.
Verified accounts got hacked and asked for bitcoins.
The micro-blogging accounts, along with those of former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and many other famous people, put out a tweet asking for bitcoins and promised to give it back double. The tweet read. “Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” and then it went on to say that he is doubling the amount of BTC sent to this address. Almost all tweets read the same, asking for bitcoins in promise to double them. It is now known how much BTC the hackers got away with in this unlawful solicitation via hacking verified accounts on Twitter.
Hackers just took control of the Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos (& Apple), Kanye West and Mike Bloomberg. Shows you how even the world's richest & most powerful people are just as vulnerable as anyone else. It's like an episode of Mr. Robot. #Hacked pic.twitter.com/nzGXn2oMvg
— Jake Morphonios 🌎 www.blackstoneintel.com (@morphonios) July 15, 2020
“Tough day for us at Twitter,” says Jack Dorsey.
The CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey put out a statement saying that it was a tough day for us at Twitter. After the Twitter team realized the hack, it immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed Tweets posted by the attackers. The micro-blogging platform said that it is still investigating the breach and what other data may have been compromised. This is what seems to them the most elaborate hack that Twitter has ever experienced has raised questions about the privacy and security in the hands of a centralized authority of such a big social media platform. At the time of writing, most twitter accounts are able to tweet, but the company is still investigating the hack.