Twitter has said, some of her employees with access to internal systems and tools were Prime targets through which several notable verified accounts were hacked.
In a series of coordinated attacks in Wednesday, July 15, 2020; Bitcoin scammers hacked several notable verified accounts, some of which include the following: Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Warren Buffett, Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg, Apple, Uber, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu and many others.
Bitcoin financial analysts revealed over $110,000 were the Bitcoin scammers who used same Bitcoin doubler scheme to tweet to followers over an hour period consistently.
In a preliminary investigation by the social media giant, Twitter revealed;
“Our investigation is still ongoing but here’s what we know so far:
“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.”