Twitter accounts of a few noticeable confirmed clients were hacked in a far reaching Bitcoin trick early Thursday. The official records of previous US President Barack Obama, rapper Kanye West and his better half Kim Kardashian, Microsoft fellow benefactor Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, media big shot Mike Bloomberg, alongside significant brands, for example, Apple and Uber, were among numerous others which succumbed to the hack. These records conveyed tweets attempting to hoodwink individuals into giving cash in Bitcoin digital money. Twitter had quickly blocked access to every confirmed record (set apart with blue tick) and are directly examining into the issue.
The mysterious tweets were marked by a similar message, asking people to donate Bitcoins, promising double returns. Twitter has removed all such posts since. A post from Bill Gates’ account read, “Everyone is asking me to give back. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.” A similar message was posted from several other prominent accounts as well, specifying that the double return offer would last for 30 minutes.
All of the tweets shared one of three Bitcoin addresses that apparently belonged to an organisation called CryptoForHealth. According to a BBC report, the web address where some of the tweets redirected users to was registered by a cyber-attacker with the email address ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and the profile name Anthony Elias. The report also suggests that cryptoforhealth is a registered handle on Instagram, who profile description read, “It was us.” The website cannot be reached now.
Twitter’s response and investigation
Twitter said that it was examining the issue and finding a way to fix it. While Twitter quickly blocked access to practically completely confirmed records all around as one of the initial steps, it later uncovered that the greater part of the records have now been reestablished. Be that as it may, a portion of the undermined accounts are still bolted by Twitter and access will be reestablished to the first record proprietor when things are secure.
In a string, Twitter revealed some details from its investigations into the matter. It said that the hack was an aftereffect of an “organized social building assault” that focused a portion of its workers who approach inside framework and devices.
“We realize they utilized this entrance to assume responsibility for some profoundly obvious (counting checked) records and Tweet for their sake. We’re investigating what different pernicious movement they may have directed or data they may have gotten to,” said the web based life mammoth. “Inside, we’ve found a way to restrain access to inner frameworks and apparatuses while our examination is continuous.”
Meanwhile, a Vice report suggests that a Twitter insider was responsible for the hack. It quoted a source saying, “We used a rep that literally done all the work for us.” Another source revealed that the insider was paid for the task as well.
The motive behind the attack is believed to make the most money as quickly as possible. While there are conflicting reports of how much money the hack has made, the BBC report also says in order to make the scam seem more legitimate, cyber-criminals usually add their own funds into their Bitcoin wallets.
When the Bitcoin address shared on the hacked tweets was checked on Blockchain.com, it was revealed that the hackers have received 373 transactions till now, collecting 12.86252562 Bitcoins – equivalent to over $118,300 (roughly Rs. 89 lakhs). According to a report by Bloomberg, citing a Bitcoin tracing company, almost half of the spoils have already been transferred to other Bitcoin wallets.
Most of the money has reportedly come from users in the US, a quarter from Europe, and remainder from Asia.