Yesterday (15th July 2020), Twitter confronted the most important ever cybersecurity assault. Greater than a dozen Twitter accounts had been hacked. These included verified company accounts of Apple, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Invoice Gates, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former US President Barack Obama. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s profile was the primary to get hacked.
Every profile was used to lure followers into sending an quantity to a bitcoin deal with. The tweet promised a double payback of the quantity despatched.
Upon investigation, in accordance with Twitter, it was revealed that it was a coordinated social engineering assault that exploited Twitter staff’ entry to inner techniques and instruments.
Quickly after the assault, Twitter’s help account tweeted:
We detected what we imagine to be a coordinated social engineering assault by individuals who efficiently focused a few of our staff with entry to inner techniques and instruments. We all know they used this entry to take management of many highly-visible (together with verified) accounts and Tweets on their behalf.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey additionally tweeted, explaining the way it was a tricky time for the social media big, and the crew feels horrible.
Powerful day for us at Twitter. All of us really feel horrible this occurred.
We’re diagnosing and can share the whole lot we are able to when now we have a extra full understanding of precisely what occurred.
💙 to our teammates working arduous to make this proper.
— jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
Another accounts hacked embody:
- Former New York Metropolis Mayor Mike Bloomberg
- Musician Kanye West
- Musician Wiz Khalifa
- Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett
- Actuality TV star Kim Kardashian
- Money App company account
- Uber company account.
Following the assault, Twitter shares had been down by greater than 3% in prolonged buying and selling.
Happily, the assault might have been worse, as Rachel Tobac, the CEO of cybersecurity agency SocialProof Safety stated:
We’re fortunate the attackers are going after bitcoin (cash motivated) and never motivated by chaos and destruction.
Furthermore, there isn’t any proof that hackers didn’t steal different info equivalent to direct messages.