Bitcoin scam: 130 Twitter accounts targeted in the attack

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

18th Jul, 2020. 12:52 pm
Bitcoin scam: 130 Twitter accounts targeted in the attack

Twitter said 130 accounts were hacked in a major cyber-attack of accounts two days ago.

However, the social media giant said control of only a “small subset” of those 130 accounts was seized by the attacker.

Twitter mentioned that it is investigating whether private data, which could include direct messages, was stolen.

“We’re working with impacted account-owners and will continue to do so over the next several days,” the company said, through its official support account.

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“We are continuing to assess whether non-public data related to these accounts were compromised,” it added.

Twitter accounts of popular figures including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and Bill Gates were hacked in a Bitcoin scam.

The FBI said that it is investigating the matter. The bureau said that “The accounts appear to have been compromised” to perpetrate cryptocurrency fraud. It insisted the people be vigilant.

On 15th July, numerous accounts tweeted in which popular figures promised to “give back” to the community by doubling any Bitcoin sent to their address.

A tweet from the account of Bill Gates mentioned, “Everyone is asking me to give back,” “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”

The US Senate Commerce Committee Twitter to brief about the scam by 23rd July. Twitter said that its employees were targeted by hackers “with access to internal systems and tools”.

US Republican Senator Josh Hawley has asked the company if President Trump’s account had been vulnerable.

“It cannot be overstated how troubling this incident is, both in its effects and in the apparent failure of Twitter’s internal controls to prevent it,” Senator Roger Wicker wrote to the firm.

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