Twitter didn’t establish the politician, however reports indicate it was the Dutch Occasion of Freedom chief Geert Wilders. The corporate didn’t handle which different accounts could have had their inboxes accessed. The hack ensnared a variety of high-profile customers, together with Invoice Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Kanye West. The replace does counsel that Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s messages weren’t caught up within the hack, a situation that has result in a lot hypothesis about how a lot worse the assault might have been.
We imagine that for as much as 36 of the 130 focused accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox, together with 1 elected official within the Netherlands. Up to now, we’ve got no indication that another former or present elected official had their DMs accessed.
— Twitter Help (@TwitterSupport) July 22, 2020
Nonetheless, the truth that hackers had been in a position to entry the accounts of a former president and present presidential candidate has brought on main concern amongst lawmakers, who’ve demanded investigations into the corporate and the way the hacks had been carried out. The FBI has additionally confirmed it’s conducting an investigation.
Twitter beforehand blamed the hack on a “social engineering assault,” however hasn’t immediately commented on hypothesis that a number of of its workers could have been complicit within the hack. The corporate additionally revealed that hackers had been in a position to export in depth account knowledge for eight customers, however stated none of them had been verified.