Hackers 15 Jul hacked Twitter account of major public figures and corporations, including former Vice-President of the USA Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, the head of SpaceX Elon musk, the head of Microsoft bill gates, the owner of Amazon Jeff Bezos and Apple. It is reported by The Guardian.
The hacked account sent a series of tweets offer a classic fraud with bitcoin: followers said that if they transferred the bitcoin to a specific bitcoin wallet, they will receive twice as much money.
Reports included the wallet address bitcoins, the balance of which increased rapidly to more than 11 BTC (over $100 thousand). Tweets with similar messages repeatedly deleted and re-published some of the compromised accounts during the day.
The company confirmed that hackers used social engineering to employees of Twitter, which allowed them to access internal systems and tools. Twitter said they were working on some other malicious activities, attackers can perform or what information they could obtain in addition to using compromised accounts to send tweets.
Hacked Twitter accounts were blocked for about an hour while employees solved problems with security. Because of the incident the price of Twitter shares fell more than 3% in after-hours trading, notes The Guardian.
Professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University Douglas Schmidt told reporters that, apparently, hacking has become possible due to the fact that the company switched to remote work during a pandemic coronavirus.