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Twitter admits hackers learn non-public messages of 36 VIP customers in huge breach, hopes just one ‘elected official’ amongst them

Twitter admits hackers read private messages of 36 VIP users in massive breach, hopes only one ‘elected official’ among them

Hackers gained entry to the non-public messages of not less than 36 high-profile Twitter accounts focused in an unprecedented safety breach earlier this month, the corporate mentioned, amongst them not less than one elected official.

“We imagine that for as much as 36 of the 130 focused accounts, the attackers accessed the [direct message] inbox, together with 1 elected official within the Netherlands,” Twitter mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday, with out naming the office-holder.

The corporate maintains it has up to now seen “no indication” that messages of some other present or former political figures had been compromised within the assault.

The social media large beforehand revealed that the hackers behind the large July 15 breach – which swept up the accounts of billionaires, firms and even former US President Barack Obama, amongst different high-profile targets – accessed “private data” akin to e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. The corporate says its “forensic investigation” is ongoing, nevertheless, suggesting it may nonetheless flip up different delicate data seen by the hackers.

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In what’s been described because the platform’s largest-ever safety breach, the attackers used an inner administrative instrument to hijack 130 accounts, tweeting misleading bitcoin gives from every in an effort to rip-off customers out of cryptocurrency. Whereas the scheme apparently paid off, bilking greater than $118,000 in bitcoin from hapless victims, it stays unclear how the hackers accessed the interior employees-only instrument. In keeping with sources cited by Motherboard, that they had assist from a Twitter insider, who both granted the attackers entry to the instrument or took over the accounts on their behalf.

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