Twitter confirms that about 130 people have been the target of the recent hack. The fraudster may have received over 400 payments in Bitcoin, with a total value of $ 121,000.
CNBC cited information from Twitter late July 16 that about 130 people had become the target of a cyber attack aimed at controlling high-profile accounts to promote a bitcoin scam.
"Based on what we know today, we believe that about 130 accounts have been targeted by attackers in some way," tweeted a new tweet.
For a small set of accounts, attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send tweets from those accounts. The attack, which took place on Wednesday, violated the accounts of many prominent business and political figures.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, US presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama as well as Apple and Uber company accounts are affected.
The accounts tweeted to try to persuade people to send bitcoins to them with a promise to send back twice the amount.
Previously, scammers used the names and profile pictures of people like Musk to lure people to send electronic money to them, but at this time the accounts were genuine owners.
According to analysis conducted by Elliptic, a cryptocurrency analytics firm, the fraudsters may have received more than 400 payments in bitcoin, with a total value of $ 121,000 at the exchange rate. on July 16.
Twitter said it believed the attack was called a non-technical attack coordinated with one of its employees, in other words, people inside the company were tricked into giving access to the systems. system and internal tools.