The CEO and co-founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsi, addressed the students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on November 12, 2018.
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Twitter said on Wednesday that people who committed a bitcoin scam in the accounts of about 130 people last week were able to access messages directly.
The hackers accessed 36 direct messaging inboxes, including one for an elected official in the Netherlands, Twitter said. Direct messages are similar to phone text messages, and are generally assumed to be private. This disclosure may cause users to lose confidence in the service’s ability to keep confidential messages being read by outsiders.
Twitter revelations on Wednesday reveal who the hackers were and what they were after.
Hackers were able to tweet from the accounts of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, among other notable figures.
Although many of the most high-profile hacked accounts tweeted a scam for bitcoin, analysis of cryptocurrency transactions revealed that the account mentioned by the hackers collected only $ 121,000, which seems a low sum for a historical hack. There is access to a major social network.
Twitter said it did not believe that hackers saw the DM in the Netherlands for any other elected official other than the politician.
Nonetheless, these accounts and direct messages from other key victims may include non-public information or sent photos or key figures, which hackers may use or promote at a later point in the future.
Twitter said last week that the attackers had downloaded takeout information for eight accounts using the “Your Twitter Data” tool.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the hack.