Hack hit 130 accounts, firm ‘embarrassed’: Twitter

Oakland (US), July 20

Twitter says the hack that compromised the accounts of a few of its most high-profile customers focused 130 folks. The hackers had been capable of reset the passwords of 45 of these accounts.

The San Francisco-based firm stated in a weblog put up Saturday that for as much as eight of those accounts the attackers additionally downloaded the account’s info by means of the “Your Twitter Data” device.

None of the eight had been verified accounts, Twitter stated, including that it’s contacting the homeowners of the affected accounts.

“We’re embarrassed, we’re disappointed, and more than anything, we’re sorry. We know that we must work to regain your trust, and we will support all efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Twitter stated within the weblog put up.

The July 17 assault broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls in one of the crucial high-profile safety breaches in recent times.

The attackers despatched out tweets from the accounts of the general public figures, providing to ship $2,000 for each $1,000 despatched to an nameless Bitcoin tackle.

It highlighted a serious flaw with the service thousands and thousands of individuals have come to depend on as a necessary communications device.

Allison Nixon, chief analysis officer at cybersecurity agency 221B stated in an e-mail Sunday that the folks behind the assault seem to have come from the “OG” group, a bunch concerned about unique, quick Twitter handles reminiscent of @a, @b or @c, as an example.

“Based upon what we have seen,the motivation for the most recent Twitter attack is similar to previous incidents we have observed in the OG community — a combination of financial incentive, technical bragging rights, challenge, and disruption,” Nixon wrote.

“The OG community is not known to be tied to any nation state. Rather they are a disorganized crime community with a basic skillset and are a loosely organized group of serial fraudsters.”        While this assault didn’t seem go additional than the Bitcoin ruse — not less than for now — it raises questions on Twitter’s means to safe its service in opposition to election interference and misinformation forward of the U.S. presidential election.

“Entire markets and potentially elections may be manipulated or altered in this way,” Nixon stated.

“Victims of account takeovers generally do not know that the fraud has occurred, and generally cannot take security precautions to prevent it.” — AP

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