NEW DELHI: Social media giant Twitter on Saturday said that cyber attackers targeted some of its employees through a social engineering scheme and used their credentials to access its internal systems for hacking multiple accounts in the Bitcoin scam.
“We believe attackers targeted certain Twitter employees through a social engineering scheme. They manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to access Twitter’s internal systems, including getting through our two-factor protections,” Twitter said in a statement.
Unidentifed hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of over 130 high profile technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies on July 16.
The cybercriminals sent bogus tweets from people like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Mike Bloomberg and tech billionaires and companies, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, Apple and Uber, offering to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address.
According to cyber security firms, at least 367 users transferred around $1,20,000 (over Rs 90 lakh) to hackers within two hours of the attack.