Twitter was hacked and now some of its most prominent users are caught in a Bitcoin scam

Twitter is not certain what type of information was stolen during the hack, and data breach

Twitter was hacked
A member of the Bundestag wears protective gloves as she follows a Twitter feed on a smartphone. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos were some of the biggest targets used to promote Bitcoin donation to an anonymous group of hackers.

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Twitter also stated that eight non-verified accounts were specifically targeted. Hackers were able to download these users’ data using a tool that includes an archive of private messages, CNN reported.

It is not confirmed whether or not the high profile users’ data was downloaded.

It is not certain what type of information was stolen during the data breach but considering some of the most influential politicians use Twitter as a means of public and private communication, members of Congress and cybersecurity experts are worried about the incident.

About 130 accounts were targeted during the hack, Twitter said. The attackers were targeting Twitter’s employees, so as to gain access to Twitter’s internal systems.

“The attackers successfully manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to access Twitter’s internal systems, including getting through our two-factor protections. As of now, we know that they accessed tools only available to our internal support teams,” Twitter said.

Twitter is removing tweets with the images of its alleged internal control system. A Twitter spokesperson told CNN the screenshot had personal or private information.  However, the spokesperson did not verify whether the images were Twitter’s internal system.

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A former Twitter told CNN the internal system is often referred to as “agent tools” by the staff. The agent tools purpose is to assist with customer support requests and moderate content, according to CNN.

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