Twitter accounts for Elon Musk, Kanye West, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, among others, were hacked on Wednesday in one of the most hectic security reaches on the platform to-date, reports the Washington Post.
Accounts for a bunch of high-profile people, as well as for business accounts Uber and Apple, all shared similar tweets throughout the day, instructing people to send crypto currency to the same bitcoin address. The tweets were removed shortly after being posted.
Twitter meanwhile stopped verified users – everyone with the blue tick – from tweeting, while it looked into the attack. After a few hours, it allowed them to tweet again, but said the “functionality may come and go” as it worked to fix the breach.
The company later shared that it had “detected a coordinated attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools”. Twitter chief exec Jack Dorsey said they were “diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”
“The problem is that we all rely on Twitter as this public space that is safe and secure, and we know that the tweets that someone like a Joe Biden is sending out are authentic,” technologist Harper Reed told the Washington Post. “Twitter has proven to us that may not be true.”
Cybersecurity expert Rachel Tobac told the Washington Post she reckons the attack was “massive” – the largest attack she'd ever seen. “We are extremely lucky that these attackers are monetarily motivated and not sowing mass chaos all over the world,” she said. Fuuuuck. Just another day in 2020, we guess.
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