Twitter says hacking large-scale Twitter accounts was a “coordinated social engineering attack”

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Some of the world’s richest and most influential politicians, celebrities, tech moguls and businesses were the target of a massive Twitter hack on Wednesday. Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Kim Kardashian West and Bill Gates were among the accounts posting tweets asking millions of followers to send money to a Bitcoin address.

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Kim Kardashian West appears to be one of many hacked Twitter accounts. Twitter

All of the accounts’ tweeted messages shared similar language. Kanye West’s account tweet said that he “gave back to my fans”; the message from Bezos’ account said that he had “decided to give back to my community”; and Musk’s story said “to feel very good.”

Bezos, Musk and Gates are among the 10 the richest people worldwide, based on Forbes calculations. According to the Associated Press, the three men have a combined value of $ 362 billion.

Twitter said in a statement that the company had detected what they thought was “a social engineering attack coordinated by people who have successfully targeted some of our employees who have access to internal systems and tools.”



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