Twitter users across the globe appear to be unable to tweet or reset passwords with the social media giant announcing an ‘incident’ – in the hours after multiple high profile figures saw their accounts hijacked
Twitter has told users they may not be able to tweet or reset passwords after an ‘incident’ – in the hours after numerous high profile figures’ accounts were hijacked.
Users across the world have been reporting issues with the social media site – in particular tweeting – in the hours after celebrities were hacked.
The likes of US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality star Kim Kardashian and billionaire Elon Musk saw their Twitter pages used to solicit digital currency Bitcoin on Wednesday.
Those targeted appeared to be verified figures and influencers with large followings, and also included former US president Barack Obama, musician Kanye West and entrepreneur Bill Gates.
The cause of the breach was not immediately clear, but the unusual scope of the problem suggested that it was not limited to a single account or service.
More than an hour after the first wave of hacks – Twitter then took the extraordinary step of preventing at least some verified accounts from publishing messages altogether.
Verified users include celebrities and journalists, but also governments, politicians and heads of state.
And by Wednesday evening, regular unverified users have been reporting issues – though it remains unclear if these problems are linked.
Downdetector.com has been seeing a spike in reports of problems since around 10pm, from across the globe.
Forty-two percent are on the IOS app, 34 percent on the website and 22 on the Android app.
Twitter is yet to offer clarification but has said in a statement that users “may be unable to tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident.”
“This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.
Publicly available blockchain records show that the apparent scammers have already received more than $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency.
Some experts said the incident has raised questions about Twitter’s cybersecurity.
Courtesy of mirror.co.uk