August 20: Twitter hack
Some of the biggest accounts on Twitter were targeted in a Bitcoin scam.
Published: July 2020
On July 15, 2020, the Twitter profiles of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates tweeted similar messages that they would double any Bitcoin sent to them. Hackers sent the inauthentic messages.
The hack was a coordinated social engineering attack that targeted a small number of employees through a phone spear-phishing attack. The attackers obtained access to the Twitter internal network and employee credentials to internal support tools. The attackers:
Targeted 130 Twitter accounts
Tweeted from 45 accounts
Accessed the DM inbox of 36 accounts
Downloaded the Twitter Data of 7 accounts
“Since the attack, we’ve significantly limited access to our internal tools and systems. As a result, we will be slower to respond to account support needs and reported Tweets. We’re sorry for any delays this causes, but we believe it’s a necessary precaution.” — Twitter Support
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