We recently reported on a hack that was focused on the social media tech giant Twitter where high profile users like Elon Musk and Barack Obama had started out as a prank by three hackers.
According to The New York Times, The largest attack in the social media platform’s history started with a user named “Kirk” who bragged to two teenagers that he worked at Twitter and could access even the most high profile accounts.
One of many teenagers lived in the US and went by the online name “lol,” while the other, who lived in the UK, used the online title “ever so anxious.”
“ever so anxious” denied working with “Kirk” to take over accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates and more. The pranksters began posting tweets on the accounts suggesting their followers make thousands in bitcoin “donations.”
Upon request of anonymity, Motherboard was able to obtain details on how the hack was carried out. A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that the company is investigating whether or not the employee hijacked the account directly or just gave the hackers access to internal Twitter account tools. Now we know.
Two different hackers, from the hacking community, told the Vice tech magazine, that tools internet to Twitter workers were used to change ownership of prominent “OG” Twitter accounts. These are special accounts with only 1 or 2 characters for a username, and according to hackers, are considered highly valuable.
“Based on what we know right now, we believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the attackers in some way as part of the incident,” Twitter said. “For a small subset of these accounts, the attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts.”
Authorities are still making an attempt to determine the real identities behind the Twitter profile names of the hackers.
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey inside of one hour of the breach requesting additional details about the hack together with how it was able to happen, how many accounts were hacked, and whether President Donald Trump’s account would be affected.
Hawley said: “Please reach out immediately to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and take any necessary measures to secure the site before this breach expands.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 16, 2020
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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