High Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked. Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk were amont the top high profile accounts that were hijacked last night. These accounts were used to scam people into donating bitcoin.
Insiders are expecting a twitter employee to be the culprit and reason behind the hacking of high profile users. It is still investigated whether the Twitter Employee himself hacked the accounts or gave tool to the hackers.
So how did the hackers get access to the interior tool? “We used a rep that literally did all the work for us,” one among the hacker sources told Motherboard. Another source said that they paid the Twitter insider.
An internal tool at Twitter was wont to take over the high-profile accounts, screenshots obtained by Motherboard also as sources revealed.
The hacker used the tool to reset the associated email addresses of affected accounts to form it harder for the owner to regain control, TechCrunch noted. The hacker then pushed a cryptocurrency scam that was noticed by everyone on Wednesday.
The tool was used on the Twitter panel to hack OG accounts or accounts that have a handle consisting of just one or two characters. The panel, whose screenshots were widely shared and later taken down by Twitter, showed if the targeted user’s account has been suspended, is permanently suspended, or has protected status.
The panel was also wont to post tweets associated with cryptocurrency scams from the status accounts that blasted off on the platform.
Twitter also acknowledged that the hacks were a coordinated social engineering attack by people that successfully “targeted a number of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”
Screenshots of the panel being posted by users are being taken down as a violation of Twitter policies.
“As per our rules, we’re taking action on any private, personal information shared in Tweets,” said a Twitter spokesperson.
Some leading cryptocurrency sites were also compromised on Wednesday. Cryptocurrency platforms like Coinbase and Gemini falsely “announced” that they had partnered up with a corporation called CryptoForHealth, through their Twitter accounts. They claimed that the organisation was getting to provide people with bitcoin as long as they sent some to an address first.