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Experts say Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust
Biden, Obama, Gates, Musk Twitter accounts hacked
The Cyber Guy Kurt Knutsson on the massive hack on prominent Twitter accounts and whether users should be concerned.
HONG KONG — A breach in Twitter’s security that allowed hackers to break into the accounts of leaders and technology moguls is one of the worst attacks in recent years and may shake trust in a platform politicians and CEOs use to communicate with the public, experts said Thursday.
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The ruse discovered Wednesday included bogus tweets from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, were also hacked.
JOE BIDEN, JEFF BEZOS AMONG APPARENT HACKING VICTIMS IN BITCOIN TWEET SCAM
Hackers used social engineering to target some of Twitter’s employees and then gained access to the high-profile accounts. The attackers sent out tweets from the accounts of the public figures, offering to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address.