October 24, 2020

Apple, Amazon, Musk, Bill Gates and other official Twitter accounts were hacked

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Last night, Twitter appeared to have been subjected to large-scale cyber-attacks due to security breaches. A large number of well-known companies and celebrities’ authentication accounts were controlled by anonymous hackers.

Those affected include Tesla founder Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Apple’s official account.

Subsequently, some American politicians and top tycoons such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, and Uber official accounts were also controlled.

After the hackers control these accounts, they are used for virtual currency phishing, that is, publishing false virtual currency welfare activities to induce users to transfer virtual currency to their accounts.

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It is quite common for a well-known account to be hacked on Twitter because of security issues, but in most cases, it is not a Twitter vulnerability but a celebrity who has been phished to reveal the password.

But this time the situation is obviously different. The attacker seems to have discovered a key security vulnerability on Twitter, which allows the attacker to control a large number of celebrity accounts in batches.

This cyber-attack is similar to the previous attack on Twitter celebrity accounts, which is to control the accounts to publish fake virtual currency welfare activities for fraud.

For example, an attacker uses an Elon Musk account to publish a phishing website. The phishing website claims that the user can get double the amount of the refund after paying bitcoin.

In the end, the hackers defrauded about 114,000 US dollars of Bitcoin in this scam campaign.

Via: thehackernews