Twitter was hacked by cybercriminals and posted on behalf of official famous verified accounts of renowned Persons. Among them, there’s Apple, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mike Bloomberg, Kayne West, Uber, Floyd Mayweather, Warren Buffett, and Barack Obama.
A statement came from Twitter: We are already examining how all those other potential threats activities they might’ve initiated, or specifics they may have decrypted.
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.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
Further, they said: “We affirm that they’ve taken control of several influential accounts and tweets on their behalf”.
Twitter said that they are immediately restoring the compromised accounts once it became aware of this issue and discarding tweets posted by the hackers.
On Wednesday, accounts connected to Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Samsung and Facebook have been hacked. Twitter said that it suspects that there was a “coordinated social engineering attack” at hand. Anyone with a verified account couldn’t tweet for hours on end. Accounts that have been hacked have remained stuck at 7:38 pm PT and availability was only restored if it is clear it could be recovered.
Privately, Twitter said while the investigation is underway it has taken measures to lower access to sensitive tools and services. The reason for a targeted attack on YouTube accounts previously has been a related bitcoin-system. A hacker hacked YouTube profiles, changed them to different Microsoft brands, and used them to give millions of users a cryptocurrency Ponzi scam, pretending as a message from Bill Gates.
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Elon Musk is also a popular candidate for takeovers of accounts and hackers running bitcoin giving away scams.