Twitter today released information about the massive hack of accounts of high profile users from Elon Musk to Joe Biden on July 15th. The attack, which Twitter and the federal police are investigating, began with a playful message between hackers on the Discord platform, a chat service popular with gamers, the New York Times reported on Friday.
"As the investigation into this incident unfolds, there are some details – particularly those related to remediation – that we are not currently providing to protect the security of the effort. We will provide further details as far as possible in the future so that the The community and our colleagues can learn and benefit from what happened, "Twitter posted this morning on its official blog.
"We currently believe that attackers have targeted certain Twitter employees through a social engineering program. What does this mean? In this context, social engineering is the deliberate manipulation of people to take certain actions and disclose confidential information," said von Microblogging website said Jack Dorsey.
"The attackers have successfully manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to access Twitter's internal systems, including protection through our two-factor protection measures. We now know that they have accessed tools that only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter. " Accounts, "said Twitter.
"For 45 of these accounts, the attackers were able to initiate a password reset, log in to the account, and send tweets. We continue our forensic review of all accounts to confirm any action that may have been taken. We believe they may have tried some of the Sell usernames, "it said.
"For up to eight of the Twitter accounts involved, the attackers have taken the additional step of downloading the account information through our" Your Twitter Data "tool. This tool is intended to provide an account holder with a summary of his Twitter account details and activities. We are contacting directly to any account holder that we know is true, "said Twitter.
"We became aware of the attackers' action on Wednesday and quickly blocked and brought the blocked accounts back under control. Our incident response team secured and revoked access to internal systems to prevent the attackers from continuing access our systems or individual accounts. " As mentioned above, we are deliberately limiting the details that we are currently sharing about our remedial steps to protect their effectiveness and will, as far as possible, provide additional technical details in the future, "said Twitter.
Posts trying to get people to send hackers the virtual currency bitcoin were tweeted on Wednesday by official accounts from Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and many others.
With input from AFP