Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Barrack Obama, Apple, Uber and Kim Kardashian were among twitter accounts that were hacked yesterday 15th July.
Twitter has issued out a statement concerning the hacking stating that they believe it was a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.
“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” the company tweeted.
Twitter said once it became aware of the incident, it immediately locked the affected accounts and removed tweets posted by the attackers.
The company continued by confirming it did limit functionality for a “much larger group” of accounts, even those with no evidence of being compromised, as it continued its investigations.
“We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.” Tweeter stated.
Twitter has also confirmed that, the Accounts that were compromised remained locked as of 7:38pm PT and the company said access would be restored to the original owner only if it is certain that this could be done securely.
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