Twitter says about 130 accounts were targeted in cyber attack last week

Last Thursday Twitter Inc reported that hackers have targeted around 130 accounts during the last week cyber attack, the attack involved profiles of many prominent personalities and organizations.

Twitter headquarters in Market Square complex in San Francisco (by Tobias Kleinlerche, licensed under the Creative Commonsย Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Hackers intrude in Twitterโ€™s internal systems with the aim to solicit digital currency hijacking some of the prominent accounts, including: U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former U.S. President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk.

During last week, Twitter declared that “for a small subset of these accounts, the attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts”.

The company added that “they are continuing to assess whether non-public data related to these accounts was compromised, and will provide updates if we determine that occurred”.

The highly-ranked accounts involved in the hacking hi-jack included rapper Kanye West’s, Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos’s, investor Warren Buffett’s, Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates’s, and the corporate accounts for Uber Technologies Inc and Apple Inc.

Twitter also last week declared that the hackers “accessed tools only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter accounts”.

The company added that “for 45 of those accounts, the attackers were able to initiate a password reset, login to the account, and send Tweets”.

At law enforcement agency level the San Francisco division of the FBI is leading the investigation on the hacking, with policymakers in Washington asking for accounting on the attack.

The FBI division said that cyber attackers committed cryptocurrency fraud in the incident. Publicly available blockchain records show the apparent scammers received more than $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

Twitter added in another statement that “our investigation and cooperation with law enforcement continues, and we remain committed to sharing any updates here”.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-cyber/twitter-says-about-130-accounts-were-targeted-in-cyber-attack-this-week-idUSKCN24I0EV

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