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Hackers convinced Twitter employee to help them hijack accounts

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Social engineering is more like hacking people instead of hacking systems. Still, Twitter has been hacked:

On Wednesday, a spike of high profile accounts including those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Uber, and Apple tweeted cryptocurrency scams in an apparent hack.

“We used a rep that literally done all the work for us,” one of the sources told Motherboard. The second source added they paid the Twitter insider.

The accounts were taken over using an internal tool at Twitter, according to the sources, as well as screenshots of the tool obtained by Motherboard.

Since I haven’t used Twitter for a while now, is there still the problem that among tweets from Elon Musk, crypto-scams are still spread by accounts using a similar image and name as Elon Musk? Nevertheless, especially on the Internet, it is important to remember that nobody has anything to give away for nothing!



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