How hackers gained control of Twitter accounts

A “co-ordinated” attack targeting popular Twitter accounts used to fool people into donating money through the cryptocurrency route has exposed serious security glitch on the social media platform.

A Motherboard report claimed that the accounts were taken over using an internal tool at Twitter. The accounts were hacked  by changing the email address associated with the accounts using the tool making it more difficult for the owner to regain control.

Twitter has been deleting some screenshots of the panel and has suspended users who have tweeted them, claiming that the tweets violate its rules.

Twitter in a series of tweets said: “We know they [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf.”

Twitter said they were investigating the incident. While there is a strong possibility of a Twitter employee being the hacker there are also reports of employees passing off access of internal tools for money to hackers.

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