(RightWingAmericans.com)- The hack that hit Twitter on Wednesday hit more people than originally thought. The social media giant announced this week that some 130 profiles, all belonging to high-profile users, were comrpomized during the biggest hack to hit the social media network.
Profiles affected by the hack included Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Barack Obama.
According to CNBC, Twitter has revealed the number of accounts targeted in the hack, which saw users being tricked by a Bitcoin scam. Hackers took control of the big accounts and sent out messages, which all varied, telling people that if they sent money to their Bitcoin wallet they will return the favor by sending back double the amount.
Given these messages were published by such high-profile accounts, many people took it seriously. Some reports suggest that the hackers took away more than $100,000 in Bitcoin from people who were tricked by the scam. They will never see that money again.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were also targeted in the attack.
Twitter announced on their own social media platform that, according to their latest information, 130 accounts were targeted.
“For a small subset of these accounts, the attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts,” they announced.
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
The hack was interesting in that it focused on using these accounts to raise money, but much more could have been done. With control over the most influential Twitter accounts in the world, hackers could do much more damage and do so in a way that people might not even believe it was the work of a hacker.
Alex Stamos, who was previously the chief security officer at Facebook, told the media what he thought of the attack.
“These attackers were the equivalent of stealing a McLaren F1, taking it for a joyride and then crashing it into a telephone pole 4 minutes later,” he said. “There is so much more damage that could have been done.”
Stamos also said that the biggest area of risk for any company is the insider threat, which was what happened for Twitter. The hackers appear to have coerced or hacked an employee at Twitter and used their privileges as an administrator to access the accounts of users.
Twitter said they are “working with impacted account owners and will continue to do so over the next several days.”