Twitter released more information on Wednesday, July 15th, about the big hack involving a Bitcoin scam that targeted dozens of high-profile accounts in its service.
In a tweet on Wednesday, July 22, the company said that after a complete check of all affected Twitter accounts, "up to 36 of the 130 target accounts have been accessed by the attackers on the DM inbox (direct message)". including 1 elected official in the Netherlands. “Twitter didn't name the elected official.
While it refused to provide specific information about the other 35 accounts whose DMs may have been accessed, it added that so far there is no evidence that the hackers have accessed the DMs of another former or currently elected official. In other words, Barack Obama and Joe Biden can breathe a sigh of relief if they use the DM feature.
We believe that the attackers have accessed the DM inbox for up to 36 of the 130 target accounts, including 1 elected official in the Netherlands. So far we have no evidence that another former or currently elected official has accessed the DMs.
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) July 22, 2020
As for Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Kanye West, who were among the other high-profile individuals affected by the hack, it appears at this stage that their messages were accessible.
The scam included a fake tweet that encouraged followers to send payments to a Bitcoin wallet. The trick also had some success, as data on Blockchain.com showed that more than $ 115,000 was sent to the Bitcoin wallet posted in the news over 392 transactions.
As soon as Twitter discovered the attack last week, the affected accounts were blocked and the fake tweets removed. The company said it was the victim of a "coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully attacked some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools."
The hack message in Bill Gates' account. We removed the account number linked by the fraudsters. Digital trends
Later on Wednesday, Twitter also repeated some of the results it uncovered last week, saying that the perpetrators had downloaded data from eight accounts using the "Your Twitter Data" tool, adding that none of these accounts contained verified accounts.
To sum it up again:
A total of 130 accounts that attackers are targeting
45 accounts had sent tweets from attackers
The DM inbox was accessed for 36 accounts
8 accounts had downloaded an archive with "your Twitter data", none of which was checked
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) July 23, 2020
Twitter said it continues to communicate directly with the account holders affected by the hack. The FBI is also investigating the incident.
Digital Trends has asked Twitter if it can offer additional information at this time and we will update this article as soon as we get a response.
Updated to include the Twitter summary.