- A massive hack which allegedly has originated at a Twitter employee with access to the user management panel was, has affected hundreds of billionaires and politicians, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bil Gates, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Wiz Khalifa, Apple, Uber, Jeff Bezos, Benjamin Netanyahu
- Tweets urged people to send money to a Bitcoin address; Over $113,000 has been sent so far
- Twitter: "We are investigating and taking steps to fix it"
- For about an hour, Twitter blocked verified account users from sending tweets or resetting their passwords. Unfortunately around 630pm the blue checkmark scourge was back.
Twitter may or may not be on it... or it could be just the hackers tweeting some more:
You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
LOL cancel EVERYBODYhttps://t.co/CKoToOdpkE— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 15, 2020
Meanwhile, some people are waiting for their money...
WHERE IS MY MONEY! IVE BEEN WAITING! PLEASE SEND IT OR SEND MY MONEY BACK! pic.twitter.com/MIxfX2MK1G— Nyfrix (@Nyfrix) July 15, 2020
And while the situation is slowly getting under control, here is a thought at what may happens next:
That was fun.— zerohedge (@zerohedge) July 15, 2020
Now comes the real fun: extortion of billionaires and presidents for billions in bitcoin in exchange for not leaking their direct messages to the public
While the biggest loser from today's massive hack was Twitter, the biggest winner was bitcoin and crypto in general. LunarCRUSH - which leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze cryptocurrency-focused social trends, search behaviors, internet chatter - compiled some data points regarding the Twitter hack. Here’s the interesting data (source: Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Medium, all News...basically the internet) they found:
- For the first time ever, there have been over 550,000 social posts about crypto within 24 hours. This number excludes spam and bots.
- At 3 PM PDT today, for the first time ever there were over 100,000 unique individuals on social media posting about / mentioning Bitcoin.
- Out of all cryptocurrency-related social posts in the last 24 hours, Bitcoin’s share of all those posts went as high as 94.48%.
- This event has had a little-to-no effect so far for Bitcoin’s price, but TWTR is down in after-hours trading.
- Despite this potentially being looked at as a negative event, the negative event was really Twitter. The outcome was all-time high awareness across a much broader set of individuals that have never mentioned Bitcoin before.
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Update 2: And Barack Obama now too:
The problem for twitter, as it scrambles to figure out what happened, is that this is not an actual hack of individual accounts, but as noted below, reportedly a Twitter employee with access to the user management panel was hacked. In other words, someone hacked a Twitter account with access to virtually every other Twitter account. That, if confirmed, would make the epic Sony hack from several years back, seem tiny in comparison.
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Update: Joe Biden now too:
Incidentally, as this hack continues to propagate among some of the richest and most powerful people in the world, here is how to stop it:
Rumor has it that the widespread twitter "hacks" are due to people using third party services on top of twitter for things like scheduling tweets. You can go to settings-> account -> apps and sessions -> then revoke access from all third party apps.— Ari Paul ⛓️ (@AriDavidPaul) July 15, 2020
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The twitter accounts of some of the world's richest men, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos and others, were hacked late on Wednesday, in what appears to be a version of a "Nigerian" bitcoin scam.
At 440pm ET, Musk tweeted the following:
Microsoft founder Bill Gates had a similar tweet.
As did Jeff Bezos:
Mike Bloomberg felt generous too:
Kanye was not spared either:
And for a few minutes, Apple was hacked too..
... before all of its tweets were promptly deleted.
Other, less prominent accounts also seemed to be hacked at around that time, including this one:
I just want to be with the cool kids, so I am doubling all payments sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.— Alex B 📉📉 (@somospostpc) July 15, 2020
BTC Address - bc1qxy2kgdygjrsqtzq2n0yrf2493p83kkfjhx0wlh
Only going on for 30 minutes! Enjoy!
Naturally, it wasn't clear who was behind the shocking password breach, but according to the Malware Tech blog, a Twitter employee with access to the user management panel was hacked.
Hearing a lot of unconfirmed rumors a Twitter employee with access to the user management panel was hacked.— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) July 15, 2020
Of course, this being twitter, it didn't take long for humorous hot takes:
Another one!— Mark B. Spiegel (@markbspiegel) July 15, 2020
The way this guy keeps doing the "only for the next 30 minutes," I expect him to start talking about "free supercharging" and an upcoming price increase on Full Self Driving! https://t.co/sF38aSOfYu
If Trump tweets anything remotely sensible you'll know this is a hack of epic proportions pic.twitter.com/l812Qbboxt— ForexLive (@ForexLive) July 15, 2020
Elon Musk fake tweet does not show up on his twitter TL, this hacker is good— FXHedge (@Fxhedgers) July 15, 2020
BREAKING: The Secret Service has moved the president’s Twitter account to the bunker.— Wesley McGrew (@McGrewSecurity) July 15, 2020
Twitter stock is down over 2% after hours as question swirl over just how easy it is to hack some of the world's most important accounts.
Needless to say, everyone is eagerly awaiting to see what Trump tweets next...