Twitter has released an update following last week's hack, which saw over 100 accounts compromised. The social media giant confirmed on July 22 that the hackers accessed the direct messages of some of these exposed accounts. Some notable mentions include Geert Wilders, an elected official in the Netherlands, and Coindesk's.
“We believe that for up to 36 of the 130 targeted accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox, including one elected official in the Netherlands. To date, we do not indicate that any other former or current elected official had their DMs accessed.”
They were, however, keen to highlight there are no indications that any other former or current public officials, some sort of relief given Joe Biden and Barack Obama's accounts were among the compromised. Nonetheless, Twitter has found itself at a tricky position in the past week, this new development following a review of the 130 accounts might just be the beginning of more frequent updates before the platform fully recovers from the recent hack.
The firm is communicating with the account owners that were exposed, with some yet to gain back access to their accounts. Notably, these hackers who scammed $120,000 worth of Bitcoin from tweeting with 45 of the accounts also downloaded the archive twitter data of 8 accounts, including Coindesk's.
Jitters are now emerging from stakeholders, including federal lawmakers on Twitter's security practices. The firm's DMs have previously been faulted as below standard when it comes to encryption. However, it's not clear whether the hackers got inbox access directly via the compromised administrative tool. With the FBI and other agencies now on the case, things might develop faster than we thought!