Social network Twitter has revealed new details of hacking celebrity accounts, including the head of SpaceX Elon Musk, founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and former U.S. president Barack Obama. According to the technical team of the service, a total of 130 users have accessed the pages of hackers.
It is noted that in 36 cases the intruders managed to get to personal messages, and one of these accounts belongs to an official from the Netherlands. Twitter did not disclose the names of the hacked accounts’ owners.
On the night of July 16, one of the biggest hacker attacks on Twitter took place. Attackers hacked, in particular, verified accounts of the U.S. presidential candidate from the Democratic Party of Joe Biden, as well as Bill Gates, Ilon Mask, Barack Obama, corporate accounts of taxi service Uber and Apple Corporation. Each profile had approximately the same entries: users were asked to double the amount they were promised to return to their bitcoin account.
Later, Motherboard Magazine reported that a social networking worker was involved in the attack, and revealed the way accounts were hacked. Twitter said the incident was under investigation and refused to comment on the information. The New York Times also reported that behind the attack was a group of young people from the United States and Britain. The hackers talked to each other in the Discord messenger and were led by someone named Kirk.