Twitter Links Hack to Phone-Based Phishing Attack


Twitter has revealed that the recent fake Bitcoin giveaway scam was the result of a spear-phishing email attack. The massive Twitter hack hijacked the accounts of dozens of high-profile politicians, celebrities, and businesses.

July 31 2020 | AtoZ MarketsThe Twitter hack that compromised accounts of prominent users like Barack Obama, Joe Biden Elon Musk was the result of a targeted “phishing attack” against its employees, the social media giant revealed in a statement. The attackers focused on employees that possessed access to the account support tools.

Ultimately, by using those credentials, the hackers attacked 130 Twitter accounts. They successfully tweeted from 45, accessed the DM inbox of 36, and downloaded data from 7.

The Twitter hack was a result of a phone spear-phishing attack

The social media platform revealed that the attackers targeted a small number of employees through a phone spear-phishing attack. 

“The social engineering that occurred on July 15th, 2020, targeted a small number of employees through a phone spear-phishing attack. A successful attack required the attackers to obtain access to both our internal network as well as specific employee credentials that granted them access to our internal support tools.” – reads the update.

Earlier, the New York Times had reported that the hack was apparently carried out by four young adult gamers, including a 19-year-old who lives with his mother,  as a prank devoid of any ideological motivation. 

Twitter has significantly limited access to its internal tools and systems. 

Twitter wrote in its statement that it is still not comfortable returning to normal operations. The company has limited access to internal tools until it feels it has properly safeguarded its backend.

The company further mentioned that while they constantly improve and update these tools, controls, and processes, they are taking a hard look at how the company can make them even more sophisticated. Twitter mentioned that it has significantly limited access to its internal tools and systems.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the Twitter hack that happened earlier this month. 

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