(July 15, 2020), Twitter faced the biggest cyber security attack of all time. More than a dozen Twitter accounts have been hacked. This included Apple’s verified corporate accounts, Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate and former US President Barack Obama. The profile of Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, was the first to be hacked.
Each profile was used to attract followers to send a sum to a bitcoin address. The tweet promised a double return of the amount sent.
After the investigation, according to Twitter, it was revealed that it was a coordinated social engineering attack that exploited Twitter employees’ access to internal systems and tools.
Right after the attack, the Twitter support account tweeted:
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 Tweets on their behalf.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also tweeted, explaining how difficult it was for the social media giant, and the team feels terrible.
Some other accounts hacked include:
- Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg
- Musician Kanye West
- Musician Wiz Khalifa
- Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett
- Reality TV star Kim Kardashian
- Cash App corporate account
- Uber corporate account.
After the attack, Twitter shares fell more than 3% in extended trades.
Fortunately, the attack could have been worse, as Rachel Tobac, CEO of cybersecurity company SocialProof Security, said:
We are lucky the attackers are going after bitcoin (money motivated) and not motivated by chaos and destruction.
Moreover, there is no proof that hackers did not steal other information such as direct messages.