Twitter Scam: Direct Message inboxes of 36 accounts were accessed last week by hackers

Written by Chukwuma Obiasia

Twitter revealed that hackers in massive Bitcoin scam who took over the accounts of prominent figures last week, accessed direct message inboxes of 36 accounts.

Twitter had previously said the attackers tweeted from around 130 accounts and downloaded mass data from eight accounts and were able to tweet from the accounts for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Mike Bloomberg, Apple, Uber amongst many others.

In the tweet which was duplicated by all accounts, they asked for bitcoin and received $120,000 worth of Bitcoin in 500 transactions, with the scam said to be one of the largest ever on a social media site.

Now, the social media giant is saying that the hackers accessed 36 direct message inboxes, including one for an elected official in the Netherlands. This includes email addresses and phone numbers, because these pieces of information are visible to some employees working on support tools.

The company also said it did not believe that the hackers looked at DMs for any other elected official aside from the politician in the Netherlands, which wasn’t named.

The FBI have started investigations into whether hackers bribed a Twitter employee to get access into verified accounts and post messages soliciting for bitcoins.

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