August 6, 2020 | 10:17 AM IST
Social Media

Hackers manipulated Twitter staff, used social engineering technique to access its system

Days after several big-wigs reported claims of possible cyber attacks on microblogging website Twitter, the Company has now officially released a statement on Saturday stating that some of its employees were targeted and the hackers used a social engineering scheme to access its internal systems in the bitcoin scam. It said that the hackers manipulated a small number of the staff and used their credentials multiple times to get through to the system.

Through a release, twitter said, “We believe attackers targeted certain twitter employees through a social engineering scheme. They manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to access Twitter’s internal systems, including getting through our two factor protections.”

Twitter added that of the 130 high-profile hacked accounts, the hackers downloaded account information of 8 accounts, reset the passwords and took control of 45 of them. The hackers also tweeted from the accounts including that of the Vice President of the US Joe Biden, Former US President Barack Obama, Mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and others that offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a specified bitcoin address. The tweets also promised that the money sent would be doubled and returned.

As per some cyber security firms, about 367 account holders transferred around $1,20,000 to the specified account within two hours after the tweets were made.

Twitter also said that it was not disclosing some of the details of the attack as the FBI is investigating the hack.

Meanwhile, the co-founder of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Dmitri Alperovitch has described the incident as ‘the worst hack of a major social media platform yet’.

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