‘Tough Day For Us At Twitter’, Says Co-Founder And CEO Jack Dorsey

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on 16 July 2020

“Tough day for us at Twitter,” said Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey after the company suffered a serious breach of security among its high profile users.

“We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened,” he said today on his personal Twitter account.

He was referring to attacks on Wednesday evening of high profile figures including former President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk – even Uber and Apple’s account were breached.

It seems no one is immune to cyber attacks, even Dorsey was a victim of an attack in 2019.

Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX
Elon Musk, Tesla

Twitter confirmed it suffered from a “coordinated social engineering attack” on its own employees that enabled the hackers to access “internal systems and tools”.

The hacked accounts sent a series of tweets proposing a classic bitcoin scam: followers were reportedly told that if they transferred cryptocurrency to a specific bitcoin wallet, they would receive double the money in return.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Twitter is currently investigating whether further ‘malicious activity’ took place.


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