‘Embarrassed, upset’ Twitter says final week’s hack hit 130 accounts

Twitter says the hack that compromised the accounts of a few of its most high-profile customers focused 130 individuals. The hackers had been in a position to reset the passwords of 45 of these accounts.

The San Francisco-based firm mentioned in a weblog submit Saturday that for as much as eight of those accounts the attackers additionally downloaded the account’s data by way of the Your Twitter Information software.

Not one of the eight had been verified accounts, Twitter mentioned, including that it’s contacting the homeowners of the affected accounts.

We’re embarrassed, we’re upset, and greater than something, we’re sorry. We all know that we should work to regain your belief, and we’ll help all efforts to convey the perpetrators to justice, Twitter mentioned within the weblog submit.

The July 17 assault broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls in one of the vital high-profile safety breaches lately.

The attackers despatched out tweets from the accounts of the general public figures, providing to ship $2,000 for each $1,000 despatched to an nameless Bitcoin deal with.

It highlighted a serious flaw with the service tens of millions of individuals have come to depend on as a necessary communications software.

Allison Nixon, chief analysis officer at cybersecurity agency 221B mentioned in an electronic mail Sunday that the individuals behind the assault seem to have come from the OG group, a gaggle keen on authentic, brief Twitter handles comparable to @a, @b or @c, as an example.

“Based mostly upon what we’ve seen,the motivation for the newest Twitter assault is much like earlier incidents we’ve noticed within the OG group a mixture of monetary incentive, technical bragging rights, problem, and disruption, Nixon wrote.

The OG group will not be identified to be tied to any nation state. Reasonably they’re a disorganized crime group with a primary skillset and are a loosely organized group of serial fraudsters.

Whereas this assault didn’t seem go additional than the Bitcoin ruse at the least for now it raises questions on Twitter’s capability to safe its service towards election interference and misinformation forward of the U.S. presidential election.

Complete markets and doubtlessly elections could also be manipulated or altered on this method, Nixon mentioned.

“Victims of account takeovers usually have no idea that the fraud has occurred, and customarily can not take safety precautions to stop it.

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