Tough day for us, says Twitter CEO after high-profile accounts hacked

Tough day for us, says Twitter CEO after high-profile accounts hacked

- Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, and the platform's support have spoken about what they know so far about the attack on some elite accounts

- Jack said that workers at Twitter are really working to get to the root of the matter as the platform's support said it has limited access to compromised accounts

- In a brief closure on the incident, the micro-messaging platform said the hackers targeted its workers who have "access tools"

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and the platform’s support have finally spoken on the hacking of some of the world leaders and rich men like Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Joe Biden.

The cyberattack, which happened on Wednesday, gained access those accounts to ask their millions of followers for Bitcoin donations with the promise of doubling any given amount.

On Thursday Dorsey said that Twitter feels terrible that the hack happened, adding that the company’s teammates were working hard to understand what happened.

Minutes after that tweet, the platform’s CEO quoted what support said about the whole issue. Under the said tweet, Twitter support called what happened “a coordinated social engineering attack”.

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A collage of Jack and some of the elites whose accounts were hacked. Photos sources: Independent/Vulture/Business insider

A collage of Jack and some of the elites whose accounts were hacked. Photos sources: Independent/Vulture/Business insider
Source: UGC

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It said the hack was carried out on some of its employees “with access to internal systems and tools”. After gaining control of the access, it was then used to target some high-profile accounts.

The support said that though it is yet to establish the fact that some other verified accounts were attacked, it has limited their functions in the bid to protect them.

It added that it put affected accounts under lock as well as “limit access to internal system and tools” as investigations continue.

See their tweets below:

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Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Social media platform Twitter has been hit by a seemingly unprecedented cyberattack which targeted the accounts of some of the world's richest individuals.

To name a few, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates along with Barack Obama, Kanye West and even Joe Biden were hit by hackers.

The attackers requested donations in an apparent Bitcoin scam, encouraging followers to hand over money.

The BBC reports that one example of the attempt to swindle social media users was posted on Gates' account:

"Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000."

The tweets were deleted shortly after they were initially posted, with Twitter scurrying to block verified accounts from posting altogether.

Reuters reports that Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of cyber-security firm CrowdStrike, has labelled the incident as one of the worst in history.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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