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Cybersecurity: Biggest Twitter Heist in History – How to Protect your Account

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On the 15th of July 2020, the biggest account hack, unlike the world have ever witnessed before, was carried out on the popular social media app Twitter.

The targets were not just random individuals, but top businessmen, Influencers, former President of the United States, Barack Obama and some of the biggest tech companies founders, across the world.

Some of the other high-profile Twitter accounts, targeted include those of the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos; Microsoft Chief, Bill Gates; Tesla CEO, Elon Musk; Floyd Mayweather; Whiz Khalifa; popular US presidential candidate, Joe Biden; Uber; Apple; Kardashian; Bitcoin; Ripple; CoinDesk; Gemini; Coinbase; Binance, etc.,

This serial hacking campaign will go down in history, as the biggest cybercrime heist, ever carried out, aimed at swindling people, via cryptocurrency scam.

The hackers posted different messages, across the numerous hacked Twitter accounts and encouraged people to pay, in little bitcoins and get back triple the amount sent.

The message posted on Bill Gate’s official Twitter account read as follows – “Everyone is asking me to give back and now is the time. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000”.

Calculating the total bitcoins sent to the hackers, through this attack, has been estimated to hit over $120,000, in bitcoins.

This caused an uproar from victims and Twitter released an official statement, stating that it was a coordinated attack, targeting its employees with access to internal systems and tools.

“We know they, [the hackers], used this access to take control of many highly-visible, (including verified), accounts and Tweets on their behalf”.

The company also revealed that investigation is currently being carried out, to determine the main loophole exploited by the hackers, to have access to user’s data and for the main time, nobody can Tweet Bitcoin wallet addresses.

Twitter also further stated that new steps have been taken, to stop many verified accounts marked with blue ticks, from tweeting and password reset requests was suspended for the main time,.

Until a permanent fix is found but this suspension has been lifted and Users with verified accounts were about to Tweet in the early hours of Thursday.

How well can you, however, protect your account, so that you will not be caught up in these kind of attacks?

Below are verified 7 steps take, to ensure that your Twitter account is well protected:

  • Download a mobile security app, e.g. Microsoft Authenticator.
  • Click to open the Twitter app, on your iPhone, Android device, or login, via your PC.
  • Choose Account.
  • Tap Security.
  • Select Login verification.
  • Turn Login verification on.
  • Enter your Twitter password.

After carrying out these simple procedures, tap the set up and you are good to go.


Featured Image: wnyt


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