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Twitter hackers used “phone spear phishing” in mass account takeover

Twitter hackers used “phone spear phishing” in mass account takeover

The hackers behind this month’s epic Twitter breach targeted a small number of employees through a “phone spear phishing attack,” the social media site said on Thursday night. When the pilfered employee credentials failed to give access to account support tools, the hackers targeted additional workers who had the permissions needed to access the tools.…
Hackers obtained Twitter DMs for 36 high-profile account holders

Hackers obtained Twitter DMs for 36 high-profile account holders

Hackers accessed direct messages for 36 high-profile account holders in last week’s epic compromise of Twitter, with one of the affected users being an elected official from the Netherlands, the social media company said late Wednesday. The company also said the intruders were able to view email addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information for…
QAnon conspiracy kicked off Twitter as platform bans thousands of accounts

QAnon conspiracy kicked off Twitter as platform bans thousands of accounts

Enlarge / A cluster of Trump supporters, sporting Q-emblazoned T-shirts and the campaign's signature red MAGA hats, waiting in line to get into a rally in Tennessee in 2018. Twitter is removing thousands of accounts and tweets that support the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory from its platform, citing the movement as "coordinated harmful activity" that…
The giant Twitter hack is being investigated by the FBI

The giant Twitter hack is being investigated by the FBI

Yesterday, Twitter saw its most brazen hack ever, in which one or more hackers were able to access the accounts of some of the most prominent people and companies on Twitter in an effort to scam followers out of bitcoin. Among them were Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and Uber, to name just a few.…
Twitter lost control of its internal systems to Bitcoin-scamming hackers

Twitter lost control of its internal systems to Bitcoin-scamming hackers

Enlarge / A Twitter logo displayed on a smartphone. Twitter lost control of its internal systems to attackers who hijacked almost a dozen high-profile accounts, in a breach that raises serious concerns about the security of a platform that’s growing increasingly influential. The first signs of compromise occurred around 1 PM California time when hijacked…
Hackers take over Obama, Musk, Apple, and dozens more Twitter accounts in massive bitcoin scam

Hackers take over Obama, Musk, Apple, and dozens more Twitter accounts...

It’s a more bizarre day on Twitter than usual. The Twitter accounts of several prominent companies and celebrities — including Obama, Biden, Uber, Apple, Musk, and others — were illicitly commandeered today, in an apparent effort to scam some of their millions of followers out of bitcoin. It’s by far the most widespread Twitter hack…
Musk, Obama, Biden, Bezos, Gates—bitcoin scam hits Twitter in coordinated blitz

Musk, Obama, Biden, Bezos, Gates—bitcoin scam hits Twitter in coordinated blitz

Twitter accounts of the rich and famous—including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Joe Biden—were simultaneously hijacked on Wednesday and used to push cryptocurrency scams. As of 3:58 PM California time, the wallet address used to receive victim’s digital coin had received more than $118,000, though it wasn't clear all of it came from…
Here’s how Facebook found disinformation networks tied to Bolsonaro and Roger Stone

Here’s how Facebook found disinformation networks tied to Bolsonaro and Roger...

Facebook has taken down disinformation networks linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and disgraced former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the company announced yesterday. The network connected to Bolsonaro was “involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior in Brazil” that sought to influence elections and denigrate opponents of the government, according to Facebook. Most recently, the accounts have echoed…
Twitter’s new secret project is a subscription platform

Twitter’s new secret project is a subscription platform

Twitter is cooking up some kind of subscription service for its platform, and it’s recruiting engineers to work on it. We don’t know anything about it thus far, but the potential of it is pretty staggering. A job listing on Twitter‘s site for a senior full-stack software engineer said the job was for “a new team,…
Twitter terminates DDoSecrets, falsely claims it may infect visitors

Twitter terminates DDoSecrets, falsely claims it may infect visitors

Aurich Lawson / Getty Four days after leak publisher DDoSecrets circulated private documents from more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the United States, Twitter has permanently suspended its account and falsely claimed that the site may infect users with malware. “Your account, DDoSecrets, has been suspended for violating the Twitter rules,” this email, which…

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