Multiple high profile twitter accounts of celebrities namely Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, Kim Karadarshian West, Former President Barack Obama, CEO of Tesla Elon Musk were some of the profiles which were hacked.
Soon after the hack where the breach was not being made public, Twitter took extraordinary steps to block some more verified accounts from being hacked and publishing posts yet. Responding to the hack, twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.” He continued the tweet saying “love to our teammates working hard to make this right.”
It is not sure if most of the verified users were affected, if they were then it would affect and have a huge impact on its platform. Verified users would include celebrities, politicians, sports stars, news agencies, heads of states, etc.
Most of them were able to tweet hours later, however, there will be disruptions which is caused because the developers would be fixing backend.
Jack Dorsey also said, “everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”
The unusual scope of the problem suggests hackers may have gained access at the system level, rather than through individual accounts. Dmitri Alperovitch who co-founded cybersecurity company CrowdStrike said “This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet.”
Among the Twitter users, the worst affected were Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Barack Obama to name a few.