Earlier this week, several prominent accounts were hacked after hackers conducted a bitcoin phishing scam against Twitter employees to gain access to their accounts, Lei Feng said.
The incident became the biggest security breach in the company's history.
Twitter complete blog post revealed information about the accounts being hacked, including former President Barack Joe Biden、 the current Democratic presidential candidate
Screenshots from the Obama account previously issued: all sent to my account Bitcoin, will be double returned. For $1000, I'll return $2000.
According to Twitter's official description, hackers can directly see and download the data files of these accounts, such as phone numbers, e-mails and personal direct messages (DM). What's more, hackers may even be able to get the DM that these eight accounts are trying to delete, because twitter stores DM on its server as long as either party stores it on its server. These messages can contain other personal information, such as address, image, video, etc.
The good news, though, is that Twitter claims none of the eight accounts is a verified account. This means that the individuals actually represented by the eight accounts did not disclose personal information on the accounts.
Twitter also said the hacker initially locked 130 target accounts, successfully triggered a password reset from 45 of them and logged in to post tweets. Eventually, hackers only tried to download up to eight unverified accounts.
Currently, Twitter gives the solution to lock (130) all verified account access rights. In the future, it is planned to continue investigations with law enforcement, strengthen security mechanisms, and provide security training within staff, once these locked accounts are restored.
After the incident, some media said that the attack on twitter would ring a wake-up call for the US presidential election in November. And four years after Americans learned that elections could be easily manipulated through perspective media, the country has yet to have a relatively sound protection. Twitter should be well aware that it is likely to be targeted again in the future and be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.
The attack was initially a prank by three young hackers, according to the New York Times. The attack started with a name
Britain's 21- year - old hacker JosephO is known