In its first detailed statements since a Hacker took over a number of high profile accounts Wednesday afternoon, Twitter posted a thread explaining “what we know so far.”
While rumors have swirled about what may have caused a compromise that gave hackers access to Twitter accounts for Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Apple, Kanye West, and others, the company stated: “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.”
The company went on to say that after temporarily limiting Twitter activity including a period where all verified accounts were prevented from tweeting it has restored those features. Internally it’s limiting access to its tools while the investigation continues.
Twitter also said that it’s investigating “what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed.” Based on the hackers ability to completely take over accounts, and the number of accounts they accessed, there’s speculation that they could have broken into virtually anyone’s account to see information stored as drafts or direct messages.
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