Twitter Says More Than 100 Accounts Were Compromised From The Bitcoin Hack Attack

Twitter Says More Than 100 Accounts Were Compromised From The Bitcoin Hack Attack

Twitter said Friday that hackers compromised around 130 user accounts in order to post malicious messages in a bitcoin scam Wednesday.

“Based on what we know, right now, we believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the hackers in some way as part of the incident,” Twitter Support posted Friday.

“For a small subset of these accounts, the attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts,” Twitter Support said. (Related: Kayleigh McEnany: Trump Is Staying On Twitter Despite Massive Bitcoin Hack)

Based on what we know right now, we believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the attackers in some way as part of the incident. For a small subset of these accounts, the attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 17, 2020

Senior Communications Manager Nicholas Pacilio told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email the Twitter Support post was all the information they were able to release.

Hackers took control and posted from various verified accounts Wednesday, claiming that if twitter users sent in Bitcoin, they would receive double the amount in Bitcoin back. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama were among the most prominent users compromised by the hack.

“I am giving back to the community. All bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000,” the now-deleted tweet from Biden said.

“Only doing this for 30 minutes,” the deleted tweet added.

#BREAK Former President Obama’s account now also part of this Twitter compromise.

— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) July 15, 2020

In order to investigate the hacking, Twitter locked verified user accounts Wednesday, preventing the users from posting. For national security purposes, the FBI is investigating into the bitcoin hacking campaign, Reuters reported.

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John Perry Barlow: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace | Op-Ed Bitcoin News

John Perry Barlow: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace | Op-Ed Bitcoin News

John Perry Barlow: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.

You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don’t exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract. This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.

Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live.

We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.

We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.

Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge. Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.

In the United States, you have today created a law, the Telecommunications Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, DeToqueville, and Brandeis. These dreams must now be born anew in us.

You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.

In China, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Italy, and the United States, you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty by erecting guard posts at the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media.

Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.

These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread ourselves across the Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.

Davos, Switzerland

John Perry Barlow, February 8, 1996

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GOP senator presses Twitter over Bitcoin scam about possible insider involvement

Twitter faced questions Friday from Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, after reports suggested employees of the social media company may have been involved in this week’s hack.

Mr. Hawley, who previously sought answers from Twitter shortly after Wednesday’s breach, inquired about the incident further in another letter sent to its chief executive officer.

Twitter originally reported that the breach, which briefly resulted in the hijacking of several highly popular accounts, was the result of a “coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” Mr. Hawley noted.

“Contrary to this account, press reports suggest that the employees in question may not have been mere victims,” Mr. Hawley said, referring to a recent Vice article that said sources in the hacking community claim that a Twitter employee may have been paid to facilitate the breach.

“To your knowledge, did any Twitter employee voluntarily participate in or facilitate Wednesday’s incident?” he wrote Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and CEO.

Mr. Hawley additionally inquired about images that were recently shared on Twitter — and quickly removed — showing what appears to be internal tools accessed during the breach.

He also inquired about how the tools are used and whether they could be used or abused to affect the visibility of specific posts or people on the platform, or subject them to so-called “shadowbanning.”

Twitter had no immediate comment on the senator’s letter.

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Official accounts belonging to former President Barack Obama, presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden and billionaires Elon Musk, Warren Buffet and Kayne West were among those hijacked Wednesday and used to solicit payments made in Bitcoin, a type of digital cryptocurrency. Twitter said late Thursday that 130 accounts in all were targeted during the incident and it remained under review.

“We are continuing to assess whether non-public data related to these accounts was compromised, and will provide updates if we determine that occurred,” Twitter said.


Author: The Washington Times

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