Unknowns include theAccounts hacked by Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Apple. The affected accounts – mostly verified accounts – were not available to the actual owners for hours. In the meantime, the cybercriminals used the accounts to steal Bitcoin payments.
Twitter suspects a “coordinated social engineering attack”. It was therefore aimed at employees with access to internal systems and tools, such as the company via its own short message service announced.
“We know that they used this access to take control of many highly visible (including verified) accounts and to tweet on their behalf. We are investigating what other malicious activity they may have performed or what information they have accessed, and will post more here as soon as we have it, ”said Twitter.
The posts in question were deleted immediately and the hijacked accounts were blocked. In addition, the functionality of a “larger group” of accounts was restricted, including accounts for which there was no evidence of a compromise. Control of the hacked accounts would be handed over to the owner as soon as this was possible without a security risk.
Except gates, musk andJeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Mike Bloomberg, Warren Buffet, Uber, CoinDesk and celebrities Kanye West and Kim Kardashian also temporarily lost control of their Twitter accounts. For example, the hackers asked on behalf of Bill Gates to pay any amount in Bitcoin to a specific address. In return, Gates committed to double the donation and repay it.
Some of the fraudulent tweets also included a link to a website that has since been turned off. Despite all countermeasures, the hackers managed to raise more than $ 100,000 – this sum was received after hundreds of transactions at the specified Bitcoin address.
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing. It is unclear which internal tools were affected by Twitter and how the cybercriminals could use them for their purposes. However, the company said it took steps to restrict access to its internal systems and tools.
A similar scam hit several YouTube accounts earlier this year. They were tooBrands renamed and used to call for Bitcoin payments also on behalf of Bill Gates.
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