July 17, 2020
The FBI has now launched an official inquiry into last night’s massive security breach and hack at Twitter, according to Reuters.
The FBI said earlier today: “We are aware of today’s security incident involving several Twitter accounts belonging to high profile individuals. The accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud.”
Also today, Twitter has commented that there is “no evidence that attackers accessed the passwords of its users,” according to Bloomberg. Regardless, the company said it’s locking any accounts that have attempted to change its password during the past 30 days anyway.
And while they may not have gotten passwords – the real question is whether or not they got the DMs…
By now, you probably already know about the massive Twitter hack that took place yesterday where, in summary, the following took place:
For the full details on the hack, you can read our report on it here. In addition to the hack, a subplot emerged last night when we reportedthat sources “close to or inside” the underground hacking community leaked a screenshot of what is allegedly an internal software panel used by Twitter to interact with user accounts.
The tool is said to be used to help change ownership of popular accounts and, in the case of the hack, was said to play a role in usurping the high profile accounts involved. Screenshots of the supposed internal software are being aggressively pursued and deleted from Twitter by Twitter itself, with the company claiming that they violate the platform’s rules.
Of particular interest are the buttons labeled “SEARCH BLACKLIST” and “TRENDS BLACKLIST”.
We asked last night: Could these be tools actively used by Twitter to censor what Tweets and topics appear during searches and on its trends page?
Maybe the FBI will find some answers. We look forward to their findings…
This article was posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 at 3:51 am