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The scale of Twitter's vast cyber attack last week is now coming to light as the social media firm announces 36 accounts had their Direct Message (DM) inbox accessed

por Amelie Hardess (2020-09-23)


The scale of Twitter's vast cyber attack last week is now coming to light as the social media firm announces 36 accounts had their Direct Message (DM) inbox accessed.

Twitter previously said the attackers tweeted from around 130 accounts and downloaded mass data from eight accounts. 

Accessing direct messages sits between those two events in terms of severity.  

Twitter kept the names of the affected accounts anonymous but did reveal an unnamed elected official in the Netherlands was among those who had their personal messages accessed by hackers.  

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Twitter says 130 accounts were targeted in the mass hack that occurred last week and a smaller amount had their private messages (DMs) breached as well 

During the hack, ShopZcoin Token Twitter suspected up to 130 accounts were breached.

Hackers also downloaded mass data from eight accounts

The company previously confirmed that the attackers had successfully targeted Twitter employees with access to internal systems to get into the company's system. 

Now, the social media giant has said the hackers were not able to view previous account passwords but were able to see other personal information.

This includes email addresses and phone numbers, because these pieces of information are visible to some employees working on support tools.   

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The cyber attack last week saw former US president Barack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and rapper Kanye West among the high-profile accounts affected.  Tweets were simultaneously posted promoting a Bitcoin scam which promised followers free bitcoin if they transferred funds to a specific digital wallet