Washington, July 17
The FBI has launched an investigation after hackers hijacked Twitter accounts of a variety of high-profile US figures in an obvious Bitcoin rip-off.
“The accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud,” stated the bureau, urging the general public to be vigilant, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Joe Biden have been amongst these hit in what Twitter stated was a “co-ordinated” assault.
Their official accounts requested donations within the cryptocurrency.
“Everyone is asking me to give back,” stated a tweet from the account of Mr Gates, the Microsoft founder. “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.” The US Senate Commerce committee has demanded Twitter temporary it about Wednesday’s incident by July 23.
Twitter stated the hackers had focused its workers “with access to internal systems and tools”.
“We know they [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf,” the corporate stated in a collection of tweets.
It added that “significant steps” had been taken to restrict entry to such inner programs and instruments whereas the corporate’s investigation continues.
The tech agency has additionally blocked customers from having the ability to tweet Bitcoin pockets addresses in the interim.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre stated its officers had “reached out” to the tech agency. “We would urge people to treat requests for money or sensitive information on social media with extreme caution,” it stated in an announcement.
US politicians even have questions. Republican Senator Josh Hawley has written to the corporate asking if President Donald Trump’s account had been weak.
Trump’s account was not compromised, the White House stated.
The chair of the Senate Commerce committee has additionally been in touch with Twitter.
“It cannot be overstated how troubling this incident is, both in its effects and in the apparent failure of Twitter’s internal controls to prevent it,” Senator Roger Wicker wrote to the agency.
One cyber-security skilled stated that the breach may have been loads worse in different circumstances.
“If you were to have this kind of incident take place in the middle of a crisis, where Twitter was being used to either communicate de-escalatory language or critical information to the public, and suddenly it’s putting out the wrong messages from several verified status accounts – that could be seriously destabilising,” Alexi Drew from King’s College London instructed the BBC.—IANS