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Twitter says hackers used phone spear phishing attack in July 15 hack

Jul 31, 2020 17:13 IST

Twitter has made an official statement regarding its investigation into the big hack on its platform on July 15 that led to multiple prominent accounts tweeting a bitcoin scam, including those of Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Joe Biden. Twitter says it was a phone spear phishing attack that targeted a "small number" of its employees, using their credentials to gain access to employee data that provided access to management tools. The attackers then reportedly used the support tools to target 130 Twitter accounts, tweeting from 45 of those, accessing the personal inboxes of 36 and downloading the Twitter data of 7 accounts. The social media platform has said it's improving methods to prevent future attacks on its internal systems, and has promised a more detailed report at a later date, pending law enforcement investigations.

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