Twitter employee paid to give hackers access to high-profile accounts, sources claim

Hackers intercepting high-profile Twitter accounts claim they gained direct access to the internal systems via a Twitter employee, Motherboard reports.

It is reported that numerous accounts including those of President Barak Obama, Elon Musk and Joe Biden, were compromised in a cryptocurrency scam that is believed to be part of a wider operation to target sensitive information held in political accounts. 

Motherboard spoke directly to some of the hackers involved and confirmed that a Twitter employee had received payment to use their internal resources to change email addresses linked to specific accounts. A hacker said: “We used a rep that literally done all the work for us.”

The hackers tweeted from the compromised accounts, claiming that they would send $2000 for every $1000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address. 

Twitter Support tweeted in response: “We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”

“We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.”

Twitter is conducting its own investigation and has limited access to its internal systems. 


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