Chaos As Bitcon Scammers Hack Account of Powerful Twitter Users Like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Others.


High-profile and Powerful Twitter accounts including Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian West, Wiz Khalifa, Floyd Mayweather, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Uber and Apple have been hacked in an internal breach that is believed to be one of the largest social media attacks ever.


The hackers hijacked the accounts and posted tweets asking users to send them Bitcoin.


According to reports, the attack lasted for about four hours and around 300 people were duped by the tweets, sending $1,118,000 to the hackers before Twitter took the tweets down and then locked all verified accounts to stop the breach spreading further.


The hackers did not use their access to take aim at any important institutions or infrastructure, instead just asking for Bitcoin.


However, the attack was concerning to security experts because it suggested that the hackers could have easily caused havoc. They said it is ‘extremely lucky’ that the hackers only appeared interested in Bitcoin, and warned the accounts of powerful politicians could easily have been used to ‘sow mass chaos all over the world’.


But according to BBC Radio 4, Kevin Mitnick, a hacker turned security consultant, said that it also appears the hackers may have been able to access private messages sent by compromised accounts – potentially opening the users up to blackmail.


Senator, Josh Hawley of Missouri, wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding to know the extent of the breach and calling for an FBI probe.


He wrote: “Millions of your users rely on your service not just to tweet publicly but also to communicate privately through your direct message service.”

“A successful attack on your system’s servers represents a threat to all of your users’ privacy and data security.”

“Please reach out immediately to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and take any necessary measures to secure the site before this breach expands.”


Hawley also demanded to know whether the hack had threatened the security of President Trump’s account.


However, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, said in a post Wednesday night: “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.”

“Love to our teammates working hard to make this right.”


Meanwhile Twitter’s support page added: “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.”



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