Jul 17, 2020

Twitter hack: 130 accounts targeted in attack

Reuters / AFP Twitter says 130 accounts were targeted in a major cyber-attack of celebrity accounts two days ago. Twitter says only a "Small subset" of those 130 accounts had control seized by the attacker. Twitter scrambled to contain the unprecedented attack, temporarily preventing all verified users - those with a blue tick on their accounts - from tweeting. The concern is that this hack might not be over if the attackers copied - and still possess the private Direct Messages of the accounts over which they took control. "If anything, the 'scam' part supports the conclusion that the group behind the attack was, to Twitter's luck, unsophisticated. The incident can either be characterised as an account take-over campaign for sale on the Darkweb, or a data breach to get a hold of Direct Messages for malicious purposes."

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