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Breaking: Obama, Musk, Bill Gates, Kardashian and other Top public figure Twitter account hacked


Online attack targets VIP Twitter users like Biden, Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates in Bitcoin scam.
In a sign of the seriousness of the matter , Twitter took the extraordinary step of preventing at least some verified accounts from publishing messages altogethe


Multiple high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked on Wednesday, with some of the platform's top voices - including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality television star Kim Kardashian, former US President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk, among many others - used to solicit digital currency.
Hours after the primary wave of hacks, the explanation for the breach had not yet been made public. during a sign of the seriousness of the matter , Twitter took the extraordinary step of preventing a minimum of some verified accounts from publishing messages altogether.
It was not clear whether all verified users were affected but, if they were, it might have an enormous impact on the platform and its users. Verified users include celebrities, journalists, and news agencies also as governments, politicians, heads of state and emergency services.

Most of these users had their ability to tweet restored hours later, Twitter said during a statement, although it cautioned account functionality "may come and go" because it continued to figure on an answer .
Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said the corporate was diagnosing the matter and pledged to share "everything we will once we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened."
"Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened," he said during a tweet.
The unusual scope of the matter suggests hackers may have gained access at the system level, instead of through individual accounts. While account compromises aren't rare, experts were surprised at the sheer scale and coordination of Wednesday's incident.
"This appears to be the worst hack of a serious social media platform yet," said Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.
Congressman Frank Pallone, the chairman of the House energy and commerce committee, called on the corporate to account for what went wrong.
"Twitter must explain how all of those prominent accounts were hacked," he said during a tweet.

Among the others affected: rapper Kanye West, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, investor Warren Buffett, Microsoft co-founder Gates , and therefore the corporate accounts for Uber and Apple. Several accounts of cryptocurrency-focused organizations were also hijacked.
Security Breach
Some experts said it seemed probable that hackers had access to Twitter's internal infrastructure.
"It is very likely that the attackers were ready to hack into the rear end or service layer of the Twitter application," said Michael Borohovski, director of software engineering at security company Synopsys.
"If the hackers do have access to the backend of Twitter, or direct database access, there's nothing potentially stopping them from pilfering data in addition to using this tweet-scam as a distraction," he said.
Twitter told Reuters just before 5 pm EDT that it had been investigating what it later called a "security incident" and would be issuing a press release shortly. However, as of 9 pm the company still had not issued an explanation.
Shares within the social media company tumbled almost 5% in trading after the market close before paring their losses.
Earlier, a number of the platform's biggest users seemed to be struggling to re-establish control of their accounts. within the case of billionaire Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, for example, one tweet soliciting cryptocurrency was removed and, sometime later, another one appeared, and then a third.
Altogether, the affected accounts had tens of many users.
Biden's campaign was "in touch" with Twitter, in line with a person familiar with the matter. The person said the company had locked down the Democrat's account "immediately following the breach and removed the related tweet." Tesla and other affected companies weren't immediately available for comment.
Publicly available blockchain records show the apparent scammers received quite $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency.
Several experts said the incident raised questions on Twitter's cybersecurity.
"It's clear the company isn't doing enough to safeguard itself," said Oren Falkowitz, former CEO of Area 1 Security.
Alperovitch, who now chairs the Silverado Policy Accelerator, said that, in a way, the general public had dodged a bullet thus far .
"We are lucky that given the facility of sending out tweets from the accounts of many famous people, the sole thing that the hackers have done is scammed about $110,000 in bitcoins from about 300 people," he said.

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