‘But Her Emails,’ redux

For a few glorious hours last night, Prznint McTweeter was silenced on Twitter:

“Unknown hackers plunged Twitter into chaos on Wednesday evening, commandeering the accounts of high-profile politicians and other famous figures in a massive breach that forced the social network to severely curtail access and disrupted everything from news coverage to government tornado warnings.

It was a strangely democratic moment (little dee) as the great un-washed spoke up.

“The fraudulent tweets sent from the accounts of high-profile figures such as former President Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and rapper Kanye West asked people to send Bitcoin contributions to a mysterious address, with promises of doubling them. In a number of cases, the hackers pinned the tweets to the top of victims’ accounts, raising their visibility.

On the face of it, this attack was all about scamming money from some rubes. But the victims—in particular that Joe Biden’s account was compromised—means that any hacker who can tweet from an account could probably read and copy private direct messages. Or send them.

Well played, Mr. Putin.



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14 Responses to ‘But Her Emails,’ redux

  1. spotthedog says:

    High profile political accounts, except for THAT ONE!? Yeah buddy that’s a head-scratcher for sure!

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  2. I expect enough bricks are being shat at Twitter HQ over this to rebuild the Tower of Babel…taking over that many high profile accounts at once implies very, VERY high level access or a catastrophic design flaw.

    They locked every blue check account for hours.

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  3. Just read an article about this:

    All of the tweeted messages from the accounts shared similar language. The tweet from Kanye West’s account said he is “giving back to my fans”; the message from Bezos’ account said he had “decided to give back to my community”; and Musk’s account said “feeling greatful.”

    Bezos, Musk, and Gates are among the 10 richest people in the world, based on Forbes’ calculations. According to the Associated Press, the three men have a combined worth of $362 billion.

    Well THERE’S your answer as to ‘Why not LDN??’

    NO ONE really believes he’s a billionaire…

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  4. Forgot the article linky: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/twitter-hack-verified-accounts-social-engineering-bitcoin-scam/

    Twitter sez it was a ‘social engineering attack’ on some Twitter employees.

    Can you say ‘Spearphish’, kiddies? Yes, yes you can!

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    • More (and more damning) deets here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jgxd3d/twitter-insider-access-panel-account-hacks-biden-uber-bezos

      It appears that it was a single employee, who may have been paid to do it.

      Yo TechBro CEO’s: You wanna keep your employees with sysadmin access well-gruntled! (or fucking at least don’t let ’em just have all the keys to the kingdom, willy nilly. )

      Keerist, here where I work we have to manage certain parts of out campus network Active Directory with specially hardened laptops given to us by the central IT peeps that we do not have admin access to using specific user accounts that are NOT our normal ones.

      And that’s just to add new users to one AD OU that lets them use our custom VPN connection. We literally have no rights to any other part of the directory system. And everything is logged and audited out the wazoo.

      (and I won’t EVEN go into the deep and invasive audit we’re going through right now to meet institutional HIPAA policies! Lets just say I’d be looking forward to the next utterly relaxing trip to the proctologist…)

      No one’s access to their Twatter account is so critical that there should be such hugely scoped access to so many accounts via one person without alarms going off all over the place.

      Why, it’s almost (and I’m sure you are all as shocked, shocked as I am) as if ‘Security’ is is a distant afterthought at TechBro Central orgs like Faceberg and Twatter…

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  5. osirisopto says:

    silencing presnint shit-for-brains?

    Why do hacker hayt Murika?
    Why do hacker hayt freedumb!!1!?

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  6. sos says:

    So. SO, you’re SAYING that I perhaps shouldn’t have purchased bitcoin from Kanye West and then sold them to Mike Bloomberg? Son . of . a . bitch. Skunked again!

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