The US Weibo website stated that these hackers targeted approximately 130 accounts (sent from 45 tweets), accessed 36 inboxes, and were able to download Twitter data from seven.
Twitter said the attackers also targeted specific employees who had access to account support tools, adding that since the incident, it has been restricting access to its internal tools and systems.
Hackers visited Twitter’s internal system on July 15 to hijack some of the platform’s high-level voices, including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former US President Barack Obama and Yi Yi Millionaire Elon Musk, and use them to raise digital currency.
Publicly available blockchain records show that apparent crooks received more than $100,000 (approximately Rs 74,72,500) in cryptocurrency.
“Spear phishing” technology is a method of ostensibly sending emails from known or trusted senders to induce targeted individuals to disclose confidential information.
Reuters reported last week that as of earlier this year, more than a thousand Twitter employees and contractors have access to internal tools that may change user account settings and manual control of others, making it difficult to prevent hacking.
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