Twitter believes the perpetrators of final week’s unprecedented assault on the corporate accessed the direct message (DM) inbox of an elected official within the Netherlands, the corporate said Wednesday evening. The revelation comes as a part of the corporate’s ongoing investigation into last Thursday’s attack that allowed attackers to hijack the accounts of a number of the service’s most high-profile customers, together with politicians Barack Obama and Joe Biden, to tweet a bitcoin rip-off.
Though Twitter didn’t identify the Dutch official, native media reported last week that far-right, anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, had his account hacked, retweeting plenty of conspiracy theories and changing Wilders’ profile photograph with a caricature of a Black man and Moroccan flag. A hacker interviewed on Dutch radio additionally claimed to have entry to Wilders’ DMs on the time.
In whole, Twitter said it believes attackers accessed the DMs of as much as 36 of the 130 focused accounts, together with that elected official. Twitter has “no indication” that different elected officers had their DMs accessed as a part of the assault, nonetheless.
We consider that for as much as 36 of the 130 focused accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox, together with 1 elected official within the Netherlands. So far, we have now no indication that some other former or present elected official had their DMs accessed.
— Twitter Assist (@TwitterSupport) July 22, 2020
This wasn’t the primary indication that DMs had been a goal for the attackers. Additionally they tried to obtain the “Your Twitter Data” archive for as much as eight accounts — a set of knowledge that does embrace DMs — Twitter said in a weblog submit on Friday. The corporate claims that none of these affected accounts had been verified, nonetheless, which would appear to rule out politicians like Joe Biden having their DMs accessed in that specific manner.
Twitter additionally mentioned Friday that the attackers weren’t in a position to view earlier account passwords of the 130 focused accounts, although they’d the potential to see private info like e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.
For 45 of the focused accounts, attackers had been in a position to provoke a password reset, log in, and tweet, in line with Twitter, permitting them to pose not simply as Obama and Biden but additionally Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates, Kanye West, and others.
Replace July 23rd, 2:07AM ET: Up to date to incorporate details about Dutch politician considered hacked.