High-Profile Twitter Accounts Were Hacked By Young Hacker Friends: Report

Hackers concerned within the assault on Twitter marketed account names at an OGusers.com web site.

San Francisco, United States:

Hackers concerned within the high-profile hijacking of Twitter accounts earlier this week had been younger friends with no hyperlinks to state or organized crime, The New York Occasions reported Friday.

The assault, which Twitter and federal police are investigating, began with a playful message between hackers on the platform Discord, a chat service in style with players, in line with the Occasions.

The paper mentioned it had interviewed 4 people who participated within the hacking, who shared logs and screenshots backing up their accounts of what occurred.

“The interviews point out that the assault was not the work of a single nation like Russia or a complicated group of hackers,” the Occasions reported.

“As a substitute, it was achieved by a bunch of younger people – one in all whom says he lives at house along with his mom – who acquired to know each other due to their obsession with proudly owning early or uncommon display screen names, notably one letter or quantity, like @y or @6.”

The large hack of high-profile customers from Elon Musk to Joe Biden has raised questions on Twitter’s safety because it serves as a megaphone for politicians forward of November’s election.

“Based mostly on what we all know proper now, we imagine roughly 130 accounts had been focused by the attackers in a roundabout way as a part of the incident,” Twitter mentioned in a tweet.

“For a small subset of those accounts, the attackers had been capable of achieve management of the accounts after which ship Tweets from these accounts.”

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Posts making an attempt to dupe people into sending hackers the digital foreign money bitcoin had been tweeted by the official accounts of Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Invoice Gates, Barack Obama and lots of others on Wednesday.

Twitter mentioned it gave the impression to be a “coordinated social engineering assault by people who efficiently focused a few of our staff with entry to inside techniques and instruments.”

‘Unique Gangster’ accounts 

Fraudulent posts, which had been largely deleted, mentioned people had 30 minutes to ship $1,000 in cryptocurrency bitcoin, promising they’d obtain twice as a lot in return.

Greater than $100,000 price of bitcoin was despatched to electronic mail addresses talked about within the tweets, in line with Blockchain.com, which displays crypto transactions.

The younger hackers interviewed by the Occasions mentioned a mysterious person who glided by the title “Kirk” initiated the scheme with a message and was the one with entry to Twitter accounts.

They contended they had been solely concerned in commandeering lesser-known Twitter accounts, notably to swipe coveted quick handles akin to an “@” signal and single letters or numbers that would simply be offered, in line with the report.

The younger hackers maintained they stopped serving as middlemen for “Kirk” when high-profile accounts grew to become targets.

Some hackers are “obsessed” with hijacking “Unique Gangster” social media accounts staked out within the providers’ early days which have quick profile names, in line with Brian Krebs of Krebs on Safety.

“Possession of those OG accounts confers a measure of standing and perceived affect and wealth in SIM swapping circles, as such accounts can typically fetch 1000’s of when resold within the underground,” Krebs mentioned in a publish.

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Hackers concerned within the assault on Twitter marketed account names at an OGusers.com web site, asking for fee in bitcoin, in line with the Occasions report.

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