Hackers have targeted some of the most prominent accounts on Twitter – including that of former President Barack Obama (the most-followed person on the site), Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and others.
A post, which appeared to be made by the victims, asked followers to send one-thousand bucks to a bitcoin website, promising their money would be doubled. Once the scam was discovered, the verified Twitter accounts were taken offline for a good chunk of the evening. Once back on, posting was limited for them and many others.
So what happened? According to the company, its own internal employee tools were compromised and used in the hack, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says everyone feels “terrible” and that they’re trying to figure out what happened. “Tough day for us at Twitter,” he offers in a statement. “We all feel terrible this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.” No word on exactly how much money was pilfered.
Source: The Verge
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