One of the hackers involved in the shock hijacking of more than 130 major Twitter accounts, including those belonging to Barack Obama and Elon Musk this week, is believed to be a British teenager who lives with his mother.
New York Times investigation found 19-year-old boy “living at home in the south of England” was approached to sell coveted Twitter handles by a mysterious leader known by the nickname ” Kirk ”.
‘Kirk’ boasted on the Discord online messaging platform that he had worked on Twitter and could take control of valuable Twitter accounts.
The teenager, known as “lol,” and another hacker described as “still so anxious” denied working with “Kirk” after he began attacking high-profile accounts on Wednesday.
But they said they made it easier to buy and take over lesser-known Twitter addresses earlier today, known as OG names – highly coveted accounts consisting of a username and a single character.
Although user “lol” has not confirmed his real identity to The Times, he has claimed that he lives on the West Coast and is in his twenties.
But “still so anxious,” said he was 19 and lives in the south of England with his mother.
Accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Elon Musk were among those targeted, with hackers posting messages on their accounts suggesting that subscribers are “donating” via Bitcoin.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is seen above. The massive social media site hack on Wednesday was carried out by a group of young friends with no ties to the state, new report says
The group posted announcements on the OGusers.com forum proposing to sell “OG accounts” for Bitcoin
Twitter Confirms 130 Accounts Have Been Targeted In The Hack Of Some Of The World’s Most Powerful, Including Barack Obama, Bill Gates And Elon Musk, As FBI Investigates
Twitter has confirmed that around 130 accounts were hacked in Wednesday night’s attack – the most serious breach of its security in history.
Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Elon Musk were among those targeted, with hackers posting messages on their accounts suggesting that subscribers are “donating” via Bitcoin.
Millions of subscribers have been told that, in the spirit of generosity, they will double anyone’s Bitcoin “for the next 30 minutes.”
Some have been duped, sending Bitcoin payments and expecting a double return that never happened.
The hacking is currently under investigation by Twitter and the FBI, along with Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, for the massive security breach.
The attack – the work of young hijackers unrelated to the state or organized crime – is believed to be one of the biggest hacks in history.
Although “Kirk” initially claimed to work for Twitter, “lol” came to doubt the claim after seeing the damage he was prepared to inflict on the business.
A hacker, PlugWalkJoe, told The Times he had heard rumors that “Kirk” had gained access to an internal Twitter Slack channel where he saw user credentials. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
A separate investigation by Researcher Brian Krebs and cybersecurity firm Unit 211B claim that PlugWalkJoe, which sold off OG accounts by the group and posted photos of Twitter’s internal tools to the site with his accounts shortly before the attack, was also a young Briton.
Selon Business Insider, PlugWalkJoe is known for its SIM swapping attacks and is also linked to ChucklingSquad, the group believed to be behind the 2019 hacking of Twitter chief Dorsey.
Millions of subscribers have been told that, in the spirit of generosity, they will double anyone’s Bitcoin “for the next 30 minutes.” Some have been duped, sending Bitcoin payments and expecting a double return that never happened.
Cyber security experts were stunned by the startling revelation that Wednesday’s breach, on an unprecedented scale for the social media site, was carried out by a group of young hackers, not a sophisticated state actor.
The fraudulent messages, which were deleted, indicated that people had 30 minutes to send $ 1,000 in bitcoin, promising they would receive twice as much in return.
More than $ 100,000 worth of bitcoins have been sent to the email addresses mentioned in the tweets, according to Blockchain.com, which monitors cryptographic transactions.
The attack affected prestigious accounts, including former President Barack Obama
‘ever so anxious’ has been able to take control of the long-coveted Twitter account @anxious, which now lists his contact details in the biography, according to the Times
Experts warn hackers could tip elections, stock market, and potentially start WAR after accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Elon Musk are hijacked in ‘biggest security breach ever’
The Twitter security breach that allowed hackers to hijack the accounts of billionaires, politicians, celebrities and businesses has raised concerns that they may have wreaked havoc on the stock market, meddled in elections or even potentially starting a war.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk were among the victims of Wednesday’s four-hour attack that saw hackers infiltrate internal Twitter systems and post fake tweets from high-level accounts asking people to send Bitcoin.
The publicly available blockchain records show that the scammers received more than $ 116,000 in cryptocurrency, which equates to 12.8 bitcoins, from more than 300 people in the four hours.
Twitter has described hacking as “social engineering”, which occurs when a hacker prompts someone to provide their login information.
While hacking is considered one of the largest in history, experts warned that Twitter was “extremely lucky”, hackers appeared to be just looking for money and that “it could have been much worse” .
The massive hacking of high profile users, from Musk to Biden, has raised questions about the security of Twitter, as it serves as a megaphone for politicians ahead of the November election.
“Based on what we know at the moment, we believe that around 130 accounts were targeted by attackers in one way or another in connection with the incident,” Twitter said in a tweet.
“For a small subset of these accounts, attackers were able to take control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts. “
Messages attempting to trick people into sending Bitcoin virtual currency to hackers were tweeted on Wednesday by official accounts from Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Gates, Obama and many more.
Twitter said it was a “coordinated social engineering attack by people who managed to target some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”
The young hackers claimed that they had ceased to mediate for “Kirk” when prominent accounts became targets.
According to Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, some hackers are “obsessed” with the hijacking of “Original Gangster” social network accounts established in the early days of the services and which have short profile names.
“Owning these OG accounts confers a measure of status and perceived influence and wealth in SIM trading circles, as such accounts can often fetch thousands of dollars when resold in the market. metro, ”Krebs said in a message.
“An incident like this could have extremely serious consequences – market manipulation, election-related misinformation, etc. Brett Callow, threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told DailyMail.com.
However, in this case, reports suggest that the hack was carried out by a group of young people who may have done nothing worse than running a Bitcoin scam. Twitter was lucky.