Hacking has not been a new issue. Ever since the dawn of social media took place, the powerful people and celebrities’ accounts had been on the hit list of hackers. Recently, there were record hacks of accounts including President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg, and Apple. Twitter took the drastic step of blocking new tweets from each one of their user IDs and locked all the mentioned accounts.
Twitter tweeted, “We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely.” “We know they [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf,” they continued.
“Everyone is asking me to give back,” a tweet from Mr. Gates’ account said. “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.” This was the tweet from Mr. Gates’ account. And similar kinds of tweets were followed by the accounts of the rest of the people.
Many cyber experts criticized this and alarmed twitter and other social media handles after this incident, “If you were to have this kind of incident take place in the middle of a crisis, where Twitter was being used to either communicate de-escalatory language or critical information to the public and suddenly it’s putting out the wrong messages from several verified status accounts – that could be seriously destabilizing.”
It looks like it has affected numerous major companies and extremely high-profile individuals. That suggests someone or a group found a severe security loophole in Twitter’s login or account recovery process or those of third-party app.
Twitter has promised to take strict actions against these scams and hackings.