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Hackers ‘manipulated’ Twitter employees to access accounts

Hackers ‘manipulated’ Twitter employees to access accounts

Hackers ‘manipulated’ Twitter employees to access accounts

Twitter claims hackers have “manipulated” some of its staff in a high-profile attack on the social media platform to control accounts, including those of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.

“We know that they accessed tools only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter accounts,” said a statement posted Saturday on the company’s blog.

The hackers were able to reset passwords, login and send tweets for 45 of those accounts, it said, while the personal data of up to eight unverified users were downloaded.

Posts attempting to dupe people into sending Bitcoin hackers were tweeted Wednesday by Apple’s official accounts, Uber, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and many others.

According to Blockchain.com, which tracks crypto transactions, more than $100,000 worth of the virtual currency has been sent to email addresses listed in the tweets.

Twitter locked down affected accounts and the fraudulent tweets were removed. It also locked as a precaution accounts which were not affected by the hack.

The New York Times reported on Friday that a group of young friends with no links to a foreign state or organized crime carried out the attack.

But the hack has raised questions about the security of Twitter as it serves as a megaphone for politicians ahead of November ‘s election.

Twitter said that, while carrying out “remediation measures” to protect the site, it is limiting the details it makes public about the attack.

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