Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a number of Billionaires, politicians and businesses that were hacked on Twitter.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Uber, Apple, Jack Dorsey are just some of the High Profile Names that were Hacked in the biggest security breach this year.
Twitter, the social media Company with more than 5 million users experienced the biggest tech breach of this year when hackers have hacked accounts with a Bitcoin scam. High Profile people were targeted.
The attack partially shut down the network. Twitter said in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon that some users weren’t able to tweet while it was addressing the incident. Users with the check mark indicating that their accounts were verified by Twitter reported that they weren’t able to tweet.
Twitter said in a tweet that it “detected a coordinated attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.” The hackers used that access to take over the accounts.
The breach will create major challenges for Twitter, making it hard moving forward to verify the authenticity of messages on the service, cybersecurity experts warned. That could have wide reaching implications for politicians, celebrities and brands that use Twitter as an essential channel for communication.
Cybersecurity experts warned that this type of breach, where influential accounts are taken over, could have devastating effects if used for something more dangerous than to take money from unsuspecting users. The consequences could be greater if it involved an account like Trump’s or spread misinformation on some type of global security threat.
Announced in the afternoon, Wednesday on the West Coast, Tesla CEO Musk’s account was one of the first to tweet the scam to his nearly 37 million followers.
“Feeling grateful, doubling all payments sent to my BTC address! You send $1,000, I send back $2,000! Only doing this for the next 30 minutes,” This was the tweet that led to the hack.
Other accounts sent out tweets. Gemini’s account was hacked earlier in the day, Cameron Winklevoss, a Bitcoin investor and CEO of the crytocurrency app Gemini tweeted, despite the account using two-factor authentication for security.
Bill Gates former CEO of Microsoft and tech giant, was one of the next high profile accounts to tweet. Spokeswoman Bridgitt Arnold confirmed that the tweet was not sent by Gates and said Twitter was working to restore his account.
Uber’s corporate account posted a tweet that read, “Due to Covid-19, we are giving back over $10,000,000 in Bitcoin! All payments sent to our address below will be sent back doubled.”
Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos posted this tweet “I have decided to give back to my community.” The tweet said it would be limited to $50 million. According to The Washington Post;
Democratic presidential Candidate Joe Biden was also a target of the hack, his campaign confirmed. His account tweeted out the same bitcoin wallet address.
Twitter said in tweets Wednesday night that it had “locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely.” Meanwhile, the company is internally limiting access to tools while it investigates what happened.
The bitcoin wallet the tweets pointed to appeared to receive more than $115,000. It’s is though unclear how much of that was driven by the hacked tweets and what may have originated from the scammers.
It is also unclear to how much information that was taken from the accounts that were hacked.
Twitter has recently been in some political controversy after it in recent weeks labeled five of Trump’s tweets with fact checks and warnings for violating its policies. Republican politicians and right wing pundits renewed accusations of social media censorship against conservatives. Twitter has maintained it is not biased against any group.
The breach is sure to set off scrutiny of Twitter’s data security practices in Washington, especially as lawmakers are concerned about attacks on social media before Election Day.