The spectacular hacking this week of the Twitter accounts of public figures and companies is party to a mysterious computer hacker with internal access, according to the New York Times, which came in contact with other accomplices involved.
The information gathered by the daily, seem to dismiss the thesis of an attack orchestrated by a State or by a known group of hackers.
The hacking was done “by a group of young people”, one of which is said still to live with his mother, and who met because of their obsession with the names of users difficult to obtain, writes the New York Times.
The newspaper reports spoke at length with several of them, who have all been in contact with a certain “Kirk”, in the possession of the famous access.
This last is said to have remarked to one of the pirates interviewed he was working for Twitter. According to another, he reportedly said he had access to internal messages on the messaging Slack, where he would have found a way to connect to company servers.
The pirates interviewed by the New York Times have claimed to have taken part in the takeover of accounts that are less known, but the names favored by some users, in order to resell them against bitcoins.
There were accounts that the user name does not contain, for example, a letter or a number, which is the sign of a presence on the social network since its inception.
But the same access were then used on Wednesday to take control of the accounts of personalities such that the candidate to the us presidential election Joe Biden, entrepreneurs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, the former president Barack Obama…
All posted messages – often quickly deleted – inviting their numerous subscribers, to send them bitcoins, against the false promise of receiving the double.
The scam would have led to exchange for the equivalent of more than$ 100,000, according to a specialized site.
According to Twitter, which has opened an investigation, it was a “coordinated attack” by “people who have successfully targeted some of our employees who have access to our systems and internal tools”.
“We believe that approximately 130 accounts have been targeted by assailants in one way or another,” wrote Twitter. “For a small portion of these accounts, the attackers were able to take control of and send tweets.”