Several high profile Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday, in an elaborate cryptocurrency scam. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Obama, Apple, Uber and others tweeted the link that was meant to take Bitcoin from the trusting followers.
Motherboard has said that it’s talked to hackers who allegedly paid a Twitter employee to change the email addresses of popular accounts using the internal tool so that they could then take control of them.
A Twitter spokesperson spoke to Motherboard and stated that the company is still investigating whether the employee hijacked the accounts or gave hackers access to the tool.
Twitter Support has posted in an ongoing thread providing some answers to related to massive breach. “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.”
“Most accounts should be able to Tweet again. As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”