It is a difficult day for us. So the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, commented on what will be remembered as one of the most extensive hacker attacks on the social network, or rather some of its best known and best known users. In short, hackers managed to hack accounts of well-known personalities, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Barak Obama, to trick them into falling into the trap of a Bitcoin-related scam.
Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.
We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.
💙 to our teammates working hard to make this right.
– jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
It all started with a series of messages sent in the last few hours from twitter accounts of public figures (and well-known companies). The content was basically the same: I invite you to send a certain amount of bitcoin to the address indicated with the promise that the quantity would have been returned doubled. For example, the message published by Elon Musk read:
I am grateful to you for doubling all payments sent to my BTC address
You send 1,000 dollars, I give you back 2,000 dollars
Only for the next 30 minutes
The list of personalities and companies affected by the violation is very extensive, the reports concern (at least) the accounts of:
Barack Obama, Elon Musk. Apple, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Wiz Khalifa, Warren Buffet, Uber, Jeff Bezos, MrBeast, Floyd Mayweather. 'God' (@TheTweetOfGod), Mike Bloomberg. XXXTentacion, Kim Kardashian, CoinDesk, Gemini, Gate.io, Cash App, Binance ,, CZ_Binance, Tron, Justin Sun, Ripple, Charlie Lee, Coinbase, Coindesk,
The first findings showed that over 110,000 dollars flowed to the address indicated by the hackers. Obviously more than one has fallen into the trap.
The situation has returned to normal with the elimination of all fake tweets. Given the notoriety of the personalities involved, however, the views were very high.
After confirming the violation, the Twitter managers intervened, for a few hours the users of the social network were unable to send messages or reset the password, then the first conclusion came: it was a coordinated attack by social engineering * scored by people who targeted some Twitter employees with access to the internal systems and tools reserved for managing the social network.
We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 16, 2020
It is a likely explanation considering that in many cases it was a matter of taking control of accounts verified and protected by two-factor authentication and that in some the email address associated with the account was also changed. In other words, carrying out the violation presupposed having the tools that are accessible only to Twitter employees.
The New York Times however he defined the attack effective but amateur, and claims that it was the work of a single hacker and not a state. Twitter confirms that it will continue to investigate to determine the exact dynamics of the serious accident.
* is the set of all the techniques used by hackers to spontaneously induce a user to reveal sensitive information (e.g. password or bank data)
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