The reports of personalities such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama and others have been the victims of a cyber attack that attempted to blackmail users from the platform.
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On Wednesday July 15th, several celebrities in Twitter were victims of one chop of counts. Cybercriminals have posted a message promising to pay bitcoins twice when deposited into a specific account.
In this scenario, Jack Dorsey, CEO of the social network, said about his personal account: “A difficult day for us on Twitter. We all feel terrible that this has happened. ”
Tough day for us on Twitter. We all feel terrible that this has happened.
We’ll diagnose and share everything we can if we understand exactly what happened.
to our teammates who are working hard to get it right.
– jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey / Photo: Reuters / Danny Moloshok; AP Images; Business insider
The businessman added that they diagnosed and shared everything they found. In this sense, the official Twitter of the social network said:
“We’ve found that we believe it is a social engineering attack that is coordinated by people who have successfully attacked some of our people with access to our systems and tools.”
We have found that we believe this is a social engineering attack that is coordinated by people who have successfully attacked some of our people with access to our systems and tools.
– Twitter Latin America (@TwitterLatAm) July 16, 2020
Cybercriminals considered personalities such as business people, politicians and other people with high social influence or “highly visible”. Among them were the platforms of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Warren Buffet, Whiz Khalifa, Mike Bloomberg, Kanye West, Apple, Uber and others.
The hacker According to the digital media Infobae, they could raise more than $ 100,000 in an hour. The security agents on the Blue Bird social network have reportedly blocked the injured accounts and deleted the published tweets.
This meant a decline in platform shares. According to ElCeo.com, the platform’s shares fell 3.06% today at 9:30 a.m. (Mexico City time) to $ 34.58 on the New York Stock Exchange.