Bribes, infiltrators and unfaithful employees. Those seem to be the elements that were conjugated in the immense hack suffered by the Twitter accounts of personalities such as Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and other high profiles of the United States, and exposed the vulnerabilities of the social network.
An investigation revealed that employees of the company itself were convinced by hackers to carry out the attacks that they got to mine 116,000 dollars in bitcoins. And what’s up screenshots who prove it.
As published Motherboard-Vice, a medium specialized in technology from the United States, hackers paid a Twitter “insider”That is, an employee with sensitive access to the system that manages Twitter accounts.
Motherboard got the screenshots with the platform used to hack the accounts. There you can see the account status in detail: compromised, inactive, protected, if it is a trend, etc.
The panel from which Twitter accounts were hacked. (Motherboard – Vice)
In the images, a panel can be seen from where third party accounts are accessed, and it is an internal Twitter publishing tool, as all content creation and publication platforms usually have on the web.
Twitter tries to determine if employees gave hackers access, or if they sabotaged accounts themselves
In one of them you can see the Biance account, the world’s largest bitcoin exchange platform:
Biance, one of the compromised accounts. (Motherboard – Vice)
One of the strategies used by hackers was, once inside, to modify the email associated with the account, in order to be able to take possession not only of its administration, but of the associated phone for entry by two-step verification.
Twitter was deleting tweets from users who images tweeted, specifying that they violate the rules of the social network, mainly because it exposes private information of the compromised accounts.
The truth is that the case raised dust worldwide, but especially within the United States: just an hour after the hack, Republican Senator Josh Hawley wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding more information about the incident.
The main question was not only how many users had been compromised, but whether the hack had affected President Trump’s account.
“Immediately contact the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and take all necessary steps to secure the site before this violation spreads, “the representative had sued.
Bezos, one of the hacked accounts. (Twitter)
Twitter’s response, after the publication of Motherboard
Twitter’s response to the end of Wednesday came as a reaction to the piece published by Motherboard.
“We detect what we think it is a coordinated attack of social engineering by people who successfully addressed some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools ”, they explained from the social network.
The tweet that was seen in Elon Musk’s account said: “Happy Wednesday! I’m giving bitcoin back to all my followers. I will double all payments sent to the Bitcoin address below. Id. send 0.1 BTC; I’ll refund 0.2 BTC! “
At the moment, Twitter only specified that the investigation is ongoing.
Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos: Four of the accounts hacked. (AFP)
Meanwhile, digital security experts say that such a failure could have very serious consequencesAs hackers tweeted from verified, globally influential accounts with millions of followers.
“If you receive a tweet from a verified account that belongs to a trusted and well-known person, you can no longer assume that it really comes from them,” said Michael Gazeley, managing director of cybersecurity firm Network Box.
And it happens that the problem is not minor because many celebrities, politicians and businessmen often use Twitter as a public platform to make statements. US President Donald Trump routinely tweets about national and Geopolitics, and the press, analysts and governments of the world follow it.
Jack Dorsey’s company, again in the eye of the storm in 2020.