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High-profile Twitter accounts, including those of Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Kanye West, were hacked in an apparent scam asking for bitcoin payments. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with the details.

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Re: Twitter says hackers targeted just 130 people in cyberattack
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2020, 11:35:09 PM »
Twitter says hackers targeted just 130 people in cyberattack

Twitter said hackers targeted 130 accounts on Wednesday, part of a cyberattack that succeeded in gaining access to the accounts of Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian West, Bill Gates and other well-known figures. The social media company said the hackers seized control of a "small subset" of the targeted accounts.

The hack on Wednesday was designed to send tweets asking followers of wealthy figures such as Bezos, Elon Musk and Michael Bloomberg to send money to a Bitcoin address. Many of the people who were targeted are among the richest people in the world, based on Forbes' calculations.

Twitter said Thursday that it's working with people whose accounts were hacked and assessing whether private data related to the accounts was compromised. The company added that consumers won't be able to download their own Twitter data while the investigation is ongoing.

Earlier, Twitter had said the company detected what it believed to be "a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools." Once it became aware of the attack, the company said it "immediately locked down" hacked accounts and removed the fraudulent tweets.

The hack has sparked criticism of Twitter's security policies, as well as an investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The FBI has also begun a federal inquiry into the hack, according to the Washington Post.

"Countless Americans rely on Twitter to read and watch the news, to engage in public debate, and to hear directly from political leaders, activists, business executives, and other thought leaders," James said Thursday in a statement. The hack "raises serious concerns about data security and how platforms like Twitter could be used to harm public debate."

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Florida teen accused of masterminding Twitter hack that hit Biden, Musk
(Reuters) - A 17-year-old Florida boy masterminded the hacking of celebrity accounts on Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), including those of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, officials said on Friday.

A 19-year-old British man and a 22-year-old man in Orlando, Florida were also charged under U.S. federal law with aiding the attack, the Justice Department said.

A Florida prosecutor identified the 17-year-old as ...

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Porn video interrupts US court hearing for accused Twitter hacker
(AFP) – A court hearing held via Zoom for a US teenager accused of masterminding a stunning hack of Twitter was interrupted Wednesday with rap music and porn, a newspaper reported.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss reducing bail terms set for the 17 year old Tampa resident arrested last Friday over the hack last month of the accounts of major US celebrities.

But the interruptions with music, shrieking and pornography became so frequent that Judge Christopher Nash ended up suspending it for a while, the Tampa Bay Times said.

Investigators view the youth — AFP has chosen not to release his name because he is a minor — as the brains behind the mid-July cyberattack that rocked Twitter.

Hackers accessed dozens of Twitter accounts of people such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk, after gaining access to the system with an attack that tricked a handful of employees into giving up their credentials.

The hack affected at least 130 accounts, with tweets posted by the usurpers duping people into sending $100,000 in Bitcoin, supposedly in exchange for double the amount sent.

Bail for the 17 year old was set for $725,000 and in the hearing his lawyers were seeking to reduce it.

After the judge suspended the hearing, and eventually resumed it, hackers went at it again — with interruptions that disguised their user names as organizations such as CNN and BBC.

In the end, judge Nash ruled against reducing the youth’s bail.

He was arrested along with two others, aged 19 and 22, one of whom lives in Britain, and was charged with cyber fraud.

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