FBI launches investigation into the Twitter hack
FBI launches investigation into the Twitter hack The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched an investigation into the seizure of multi-follower accounts on Twitter and alleged Bitcoin fraud.
“These accounts appear to have been compromised,” the FBI said, urging the public to be cautious.
Twitter had announced that the attack was carried out “through social means” and “in a coordinated manner.”
In a message shared from Bill Gates’ account after the attack, he said: “Everyone wants me to share my money. Whoever gives me $ 1,000, I will send $ 2,000.”
Similar messages had been shared from other accounts.
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee had ruled that Twitter must testify about the incident by July 23.
Who are the hackers?
The identity of the attackers is not yet known.
But we have reached out to some of the attackers.
Some of the messages shared from the hijacked accounts directed readers to the site cryptoforhealth.com.
The domain name of this site has been taken by a hacker using [email protected] email address.
The name Anthony Elias was used during the recording, but it is believed to be a fake name.
There is also an Instagram account called Cryptoforhealth.
The account’s description section contains the phrase” It was us:)”.
In a share from their account on Instagram, they said: “This was a charity attack. You can be sure your money will go to the right place.”
According to Dmitri Alperovitch, founder of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, this attack was the worst ever to target major social media companies.
More than $ 100k was found to have been deposited into the bitcoin account shared by the hackers.
This attack, which took place a few months before the presidential election in the USA, also showed how much the disinformation that can be done from social media during the election periods can reach.