Their modus operandi is now well known. The hackers who orchestrated the spectacular attack on the Twitter accounts of celebrities and political figures have "handled with success a small number of employees" of Twitter, says the social network in a blog post Saturday, July 18. Twitter said that in total the hackers have referred to 130 accounts and have managed to penetrate to 45, thanks " to the use of tools available only to teams of internal support ". Among these hacked accounts were political leaders as the democratic candidate for the presidential Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama but also of top executives such as Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, Elon Musk, boss of Tesla, or even Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.
from the hacked accounts, the hackers have sent messages aguicheurs encouraging subscribers to send bitcoins, a cryptomonnaie in exchange for double the amount sent. According to specialized sites that record the trade of bitcoins, but do not allow to draw the recipients, some 100,000 dollars were sent.
Concerns around the security of social platforms
Twitter said Saturday that for eight of these accounts, the hackers have also downloaded data, which are normally only accessible to the owner of the account. None of these accounts was not verified, that is to say, with the small " v " distinguishing that increases credibility and gives some privileges to the users. Twitter has also indicated that thanks to the tools which they had taken over, hackers have managed to pass the barrier of the double authentication which can normally secure an account beyond the simple password.
This spectacular action, on which the federal police (FBI) has opened an investigation, has triggered a debate on the safety of social platforms to a few months of the presidential election of November in the United States but also on the possible consequences if hackers were able to steal the account of Donald Trump, who often leads his diplomacy on Twitter, with 83.5 million subscribers. Wednesday, @realdonaltrump has not been hacked.
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