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Twitter Hack: Nigerians Left Out on High-Profile Account Heist

NEWSMAN – It appears twitter is not doing enough in account security as official Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk and Jeff BezoS, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Uber, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, bitcoin speciality firms and many others were hacked on Wednesday.

However, no account of a high profile Nigerian was involved in the hack.

The hackers posted tweets, instructing people to send cryptocurrency to the same bitcoin address.

The fake tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address

The tweets have however been removed, shortly after being posted.

“This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet,” Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, told Reuters news agency.

-‘Tough day for us at Twitter’-

Twitter had said it was working to fix the “security incident” after scammers hijacked the high-profile accounts to dupe people of their money.

Cybersecurity experts opine that the widespread nature of the attack suggested an unusually broad access to internal twitter controls that allowed them to take over and post on the accounts.

Publicly available blockchain records show the apparent scammers received more than $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency, Al-jazeera reported.

“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 officials said.

Twitter Chief Executive Officer, Jack Dorsey earlier said the company was diagnosing the problem and pledged to share “everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”

“Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened,” he said in a tweet.

“Twitter temporarily took the extraordinary step of preventing for several hours at least some verified accounts from publishing messages altogether. It said it would restore access only when it was certain it could do so securely.

The Social Media Hacking Trend-

Twitter: The company said Wednesday’s hack came after employees with access to its internal systems were compromised by hackers who then “used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf.”

The account of the company’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, was hacked in August 2019, allowing an unauthorized person to send public tweets including racial slurs and curse words, a Reuters report revealed.

Other Twitter accounts hacked include those of the Associated Press and the Guardian in 2013, as well as celebrities such as Taylor Swift in 2015 and Donald Trump in 2013.

Facebook: In September 2018, Facebook said hackers had exploited software flaws to access 50 million users’ accounts.

The company scaled back the size to weeks later, saying 30 million users had their access tokens stolen, while 29 million had personal information such as gender, religion, email addresses, phone numbers and search histories taken.

Facebook previously stated in 2018 that profile details from 87 million users were improperly accessed by political data firm Cambridge Analytica, resulting in a $5 billion fine by the U.S Federal Trade Commission in 2019 on charges of failing to protect its data from third parties.

The firm has also suffered narrower breaches. In 2013, Facebook disclosed a software flaw that exposed 6 million users’ phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers for a year, while a technical glitch in 2008 revealed confidential birth-dates on 80 million Facebook users’ profiles.

WhatsApp: The Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp said in May 2019 it had uncovered a security breach that allowed attackers to inject spyware on phones via the app’s phone call function. The messaging app said the breach had signs of coming from a government using surveillance.

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