A massive breach occurred on most verified Twitter accounts with many Top celebrities and politicians coming down in the massive twitter hack.
Verified Twitter accounts that were hacked included that of Joe Biden, Democrats Presidential nominee, Barack Obama, former US President, Elon Musk, Top Tech Giant and founder of Space X, Warren Buffet, American business man and billionaire, Kim Kardashian and a host of other top people.
The hackers obviously ready for business; posted bitcoin addresses to pay cryptocurrency into.
Below are some screenshots;
This attack has fueled suspicions that the big, giant tech cooperations littered all over the world might not be immune from hackers and attackers who want to steal sensitive information for personal gain.
Twitter has already responded to the attack in a series of tweets where they said,
Our investigation is still ongoing but here’s what we know so far:
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 16, 2020
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.
We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.
Once we became aware of the incident, we immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed Tweets posted by the attackers.
We also limited functionality for a much larger group of accounts, like all verified accounts (even those with no evidence of being compromised), while we continue to fully investigate this.
This was disruptive, but it was an important step to reduce risk. Most functionality has been restored but we may take further actions and will update you if we do.
We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely.
Internally, we’ve taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools while our investigation is ongoing. More updates to come as our investigation continues.