UPDATED 8:38 AM PT — Sunday, July 19, 2020
Twitter announced this week’s cryptocurrency attack resulted in a personal data leak.
On Friday, the company said hackers downloaded private information from eight users after accessing the credentials of Twitter employees only available to internal support teams.
It’s unclear which of the high-profile users were targeted, however, blue-check verified accounts were not subject to the leak.
Twitter w/ more info on hack. A “small #” of employees “manipulated.” 130 accounts targeted, succeeded in tweeting from 45 of them & may have been able to view additional info (read: DMs). On 8 accounts, d/l’d account history using Your Twitter Data tool. https://t.co/zqm7JkxDXm
— briankrebs (@briankrebs) July 18, 2020
Aneesha Chopra, a former technology officer for the Obama administration, has called the breach a “wake up call.”
“Twitter is a particularly concerning attack for election misinformation and so that’s yet one more reason for us to be worried,” he stated. “If this has downstream affects to the extent that other attacks might follow that are successful. ”
Data collected by hackers includes email addresses, phone numbers and direct messages.