There's a high-profile security breach on Twitter

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High-profile accounts belonging to Kanye West, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, and even Apple were hacked on Wednesday. These compromised accounts tweeted a message promoting crypto giveaway, asking users to send money to a BTC wallet.

What's notable is the messages are very similar, and have all the same wallet address. Twitter has already started investigating the incident, with an update:

"Our investigation is still ongoing but here's what we know so far:

We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools. We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We're looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.

Once we became aware of the incident, we immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed Tweets posted by the attackers. We also limited functionality for a much larger group of accounts, like all verified accounts (even those with no evidence of being compromised), while we continue to fully investigate this. This was disruptive, but it was an important step to reduce risk. Most functionality has been restored but we may take further actions, and will update you if we do.

We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely. Internally, we've taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools while our investigation is ongoing. More updates to come as our investigation continues."
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
    Seems like a pretty monumental fail by Twitter. I thought this morning's Ben Thompson/Stratechery post put it well:

    • What makes Twitter's failure in this regard particularly troubling is that this isn't the first time Twitter employees have gone rogue. In 2019 two former Twitter employees were charged with accessing the accounts of Saudi Arabian dissidents in 2015, and in 2017 a contractor deactivated the account of President Trump

    • Anyone using Twitter for private messaging is making a huge mistake, and not simply because Twitter DMs is one of the most neglected opportunities in tech history. It turns out any Twitter employee with a grudge or on a bribe can give away everything

    • As harsh as this sounds, Twitter owes it to not only the tech industry but to society broadly to pursue charges against the employee in question to the greatest extent possible. There is already a powerful more in tech against leveraging this sort of awesome power, but a bit of deterrence seems necessary as well
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  • Profile picture of the author steveharis22
    Very informative. I really appreciate your work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    I can't get over how gullible people are to send in their Bitcoin
    expecting a double ROI. That tweet reads like spam from years
    ago where Bill Gates supposedly told people that he would give
    everybody who forwarded the spam a new computer. What is
    happening to people's brains where they can't even recognize
    an obvious scam.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamell
    It was definitely targeted and malicious. As soon as I see messages asking for donations or money to invest A red flag gets automatically gets raised I know full well Bill Gates Kanye west and Joe Bidden aren't going to be out here soliciting for money .
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    What is happening to people's brains where they can't even recognize an obvious scam.

    Same thing as has happened for eons - people aren't all that bright. Dangle something shiny at them and there are some who will fall for it every time.

    This one was so transparent - so absolutely ridiculous - this sort of 'mark' doesn't stop to say 'why' or 'where would that money come from' - they just think 'wow, I want in on this'.

    As we used to say - when the brain train came through their town - no one got on.
    Saving one dog will not change the world - but the world changes forever for that one dog.
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