Hacking of Major Twitter Accounts

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Hacking of Major Twitter Accounts


In a recent incident, prominent persons’ Twitter accounts, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk, were hacked over a bitcoin scam. Similar messages requesting cryptocurrency were posted from their accounts. The messages directly asked followers to send $1000 to get back $2000 in bitcoins within 30 minutes. In response to it, Twitter said that it was a well-organized from hackers wherein they managed to get hold of the various internal systems and tools. They added that they have eliminated approaches from where one could get access to those. At the same time, the investigation is still ongoing after that incident. For the first time, they have also blocked users from using bitcoin wallet addresses.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said they tried to reach out to Twitter after the incident. It urged people to take pleas for money and sensitive information over social media very cautiously. They also added that it was an attack on the firm rather than its users. Dr. Alexi Drew from King’s College London told the BBC that the attack could have been much worse under the current circumstances.

When the entire world is fighting with COVID pandemic, where Twitter used to disseminate important information, fake messages from several verified accounts could be very dangerous. Seeing the emergency, Twitter had taken many significant steps at that point in time. It stopped users of several verified accounts from sharing their tweets. Requests for passwords were also denied, along with several other account functions. Though they started these services after a few hours, Twitter said they were still fixing it. The hacking of such a robust social media platform is a very serious threat. It clearly shows how vulnerable these platforms are to any kind of cyberattacks.

The fact that many verified accounts were affected is a clear representation of the platform’s vulnerability. Experts claim that the attackers might have made their way to the administration’s confidentiality and gained access to several account passwords. With this, they could have planned for a much more dangerous attack harming the organization and the individual’s reputation. But instead, they targeted earning more money in very little time. According to publicly available blockchain records, over that short period of time for which it was online, the hacked accounts received over $100,000 (£80,000) in bitcoins.

Though the attackers have not been spotted, this incident has given a significant warning to all social media users over the globe. The social media platforms, however robust and secured they may claim, have their own weaknesses. Users must in no way fall into the trap of such messages claiming money or important information.

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