Accounts of huge companies and celebrities including Barack Obama and Apple have been compromised in the biggest Twitter hack ever.
Over 300,000 verified Twitter accounts have been temporarily blocked from posting any content due to a huge, widespread cyber-attack by a bitcoin scammer.
These users include huge international companies such as Apple and several big celebrities. Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, and many others have had their accounts temporarily locked until Twitter is confident that it can resume normal operations securely.
How the hack happened remains unclear at this stage but it’s a concerning reminder that everybody’s private information can be compromised without warning. All we know is that internal employee tools were used, which suggests that hackers managed to successfully target staff members before reaching out to other accounts.
We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020