What you need to know about the latest Twitter Hack.
We’re big fans of Twitter. In fact we’ve been using Twitter for nearly a decade now and feel it’s a great way to keep up to date with current tips and tricks for online security and latest news locally, nationally and globally.
Throughout those years we’ve seen Twitter go through difficult times in relation to hackers. Trying to maintain security for users is of utmost importance and remains a challenge for Twitter and many other platforms.
Due to the increase in numbers of data breaches taking place in today’s society, online users are becoming more aware than ever of their account security. You might recall last year, hackers carried out a ‘SIM Swap’ on Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter) where they swapped his number to another SIM allowing them to reset all his passwords through two – factor authentication. This week (15th July) Twitter found itself once again dealing with another security breach.
The Twitter hack had sent tweets from high profile accounts stating that if followers transferred cryptocurrency to a particular bitcoin wallet, they would receive double the amount they transferred in return. Twitter reported that it was a ‘coordinated social engineering attack’ on their employees that sought to trick employees into giving up their authorisation credentials which would then provide the hackers with a way into their internal systems.
So what did Jack Dorsey say about the Twitter Hack
@JackDorsey (CEO) and @TwitterSupport both posted statements on Twitter last night on the breach saying what happened yesterday was ‘terrible’ and that it was a ‘tough day for us at Twitter’ and they’re trying their best to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.
There were some big names amongst the accounts hacked – Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kayne West and Mike Bloomberg were sent a thread of tweets to trap users into a Bitcoin Scam. Twitter immediately tried to delete the tweets and messages but once taken down hackers immediately reposted them. Twitter struggled to control the situation, in the end having to remove the affected accounts from using their social network to ‘limit the access to internal systems and tools’ until they gathered further information.
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