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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc. (NYSE 🙂 said on Saturday that hackers could download account information for up to eight accounts involved in hacking its systems this week, but said none of them were verified accounts.
The company said the unidentified attackers targeted 130 accounts and could reset passwords to take control of 45 of them and tweet from them.
Hackers used Twitter's internal systems to kidnap some of the platform's best voices, including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former US president Barack Obama, and billionaire Elon Musk, and used it to request digital currencies.
Publicly available blockchain records show that the obvious scammers have received cryptocurrency worth more than $ 100,000.
In the attack on Wednesday, Twitter indicated that hackers could view personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers for the 130 target accounts, but could not display previous account passwords.
"In cases where an attacker took over an account, they may be able to view additional information," said Twitter in the statement, without specifying the type of information that was accessed.
Hackers may also have tried to sell the usernames of some accounts, it said.
High-profile accounts that were hacked included rapper Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com (NASDAQ :), investor Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft (NASDAQ :), and corporate accounts from Uber (NYSE 🙂 and Apple (NASDAQ :).
In its latest statement, Twitter said attackers "manipulated a small number of employees" to gain access to the internal support tools used in support.
The company said it had withheld some details of the attack as it continued its investigation and reiterated that it was working with affected account holders.
The FBI department in San Francisco is conducting an investigation into the hacking, with many lawmakers in Washington also requesting a report on how it happened.
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