Just few hours after the incident of hacking hit the accounts of American celebrities such as former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Mike Bloomberg, #Twitterhacked trends on twitter,
The trend numbered over 64.9K tweets on twitter.
ABACITYBLOG had reported that the accounts of the above-mentioned celebrities were hacked by cryptocurrency scammers.
The hackers twitted; “Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” Gates’ tweet said, promising to double all payments to a Bitcoin address for the next 30 minutes.
However, twitter support
said: “We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.”
See the post below.
We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
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.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 16, 2020
A little more than an hour after the attack began, Twitter moved to prevent holders of verified accounts from tweeting. Non-verified accounts could still tweet, however.