Saga of the Giant Twitter Hack continues. Twitter published its first blog on the subject over the weekend and gave us a more in-depth insight into what happened when hackers broke into the company̵7;s internal system. It includes targeting 130 accounts and stealing data from 8 of these users.
If you somehow missed it, hackers recently broke into Twitter’s internal tools that give the company access to user accounts. The hackers tried to take over 130 accounts, and in the latest update, Twitter admitted that it was successful in 45 cases.
The victims include Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, the official Uber and Apple Twitter accounts and others. When the hackers had access, they tweeted out a bitcoin scam and offered to double the money for anyone who sent bitcoin to a wallet. That, of course, was not true.
Last weekend’s security update gives us a better idea of what happened. Twitter stated that the hackers entered the company’s system through employees who used social technology. According to the company:
The attackers successfully manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to gain access to Twitter’s internal systems, including gaining through our two-factor protection.
While the bitcoin scam was an obvious result, Twitter thought the hackers took another step with eight users. The hackers downloaded account data with the company’s “Your Twitter Data” tool available for user accounts. It is a treasure trove of information that includes the history of instant messaging.
Twitter will not say which eight accounts have stolen their data, but made it clear that none of the current users have been verified. This does not mean that the account itself is small, but many users with thousands of followers, such as our own Chris Hoffman, lack verification.
When Twitter updates us with more information, we will come here to get you all the details.