Last night there was a lot going on on Twitter. Many well-known accounts were hacked and asked for money in the form of bitcoins. The hack has now been resolved, but how did it happen? And is your own Twitter account now also in danger?
Hacked several well-known Twitter accounts
Several of the world’s best-known accounts, including those of Apple, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, tweeted at about the same time last night. It claimed that due to Bitcoin transactions that they would receive in the next 30 minutes, these individuals would return twice.
The hack was short-lived, and Twitter’s security team removed the tweets. A number of people have fallen for it and the hackers have captured about $ 120,000. After that, for security, verified accounts were unable to send Twitter messages for a while.
How did it happen?
According to Twitter, the hack happened through a ‘social engineering’ attack. This means that hackers have been able to successfully manipulate Twitter employees. They pretended to be someone the Twitter employees knew, thus gaining important information to hack Twitter’s system.
Once the hackers had data, it became relatively easy to take over the large accounts. Also, the hackers quickly changed the recovery email address, making it more difficult for Twitter’s security team to fix the problem. Then the tweet was sent from the known accounts.
The hack could have resulted in a catastrophe, but the damage was not so bad. That’s not to say it’s unimportant. A hack of this size does indicate the possibilities for hackers, and how easily this can be done. Now it was about digital money, but it could also have been dangerous political statements, for example.
Should you worry about your own Twitter account now?
If you don’t have an important account with a lot of followers, then you don’t have to worry so much. A hack like this has clearly chosen the most important accounts with the most followers, in order to have as much reach as possible.
As a result, they are also most likely to be trapped. Still, it is of course wise to protect your Twitter account as much as possible. Do not share sensitive information via the platform, and change your password regularly.
Delete Twitter account
If you no longer dare, you can of course always delete your Twitter account. You do this as follows.
- In your profile, go to Settings and Privacy;
- Click on ‘Account’;
- Then click on ‘Deactivate your account’;
- Confirm your choice;
- Enter your password when prompted and click on ‘Deactivate account’ again.
Do you not want to delete your account, but want to protect it better? Then we will explain how to secure your Twitter account with two-factor authentication. We also show what you can do if you have been hacked. Furthermore, Twitter is also testing a feature that allows you to limit who can respond to a tweet, giving you even more control.