Twitter says hackers accessed the DMs of 1 elected official in final week’s assault
Twitter believes the perpetrators of final week’s unprecedented assault on the corporate accessed the direct message (DM) inbox of an elected official within the Netherlands, the corporate mentioned Wednesday night. The revelation comes as a part of the corporate’s ongoing investigation into final Thursday’s assault that allowed attackers to hijack the accounts of a number of the service’s most high-profile customers, together with politicians Barack Obama and Joe Biden, to tweet a bitcoin rip-off.
In complete, Twitter mentioned it believes attackers accessed the DMs of as much as 36 of the 130 focused accounts, together with that elected official. Twitter has “no indication” that different elected officers had their DMs accessed as a part of the assault, nonetheless.
We consider that for as much as 36 of the 130 focused accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox, together with 1 elected official within the Netherlands. Up to now, we’ve got no indication that every other former or present elected official had their DMs accessed.
— Twitter Assist (@TwitterSupport) July 22, 2020
This wasn’t the primary indication that DMs have been a goal for the attackers. They tried to obtain the “Your Twitter Information” archive for as much as eight accounts — a group of knowledge that does consists of DMs — Twitter mentioned in a weblog put up on Friday. The corporate claims that none of these affected accounts have been verified, nonetheless, which would appear to rule out politicians like Joe Biden having their DMs accessed in that specific method.
Twitter additionally mentioned Friday that the attackers weren’t capable of view earlier account passwords of the 130 focused accounts, although they’d the potential to see private data like electronic mail addresses and telephone numbers.
For 45 of the focused accounts, attackers have been capable of provoke a password reset, log in, and tweet, in accordance with Twitter, permitting them to pose not simply as Obama and Biden but in addition Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates, Kanye West, and others.
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