Twitter Hack: Jack Dorsey Receives Open Letter from U.S. Senator; FBI Reportedly Leading Inquiry


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Following Wednesday’s serious security breach on Twitter, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley has sent an open letter to bitcoin-friendly Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the microblogging platform in a bid to find out the steps the team is taking to mitigate the attack, according to a report on July 16, 2020.

Bitcoin (BTC) Thieves Hit Twitter Hard 

In what appears to be the worst Twitter security breach since the creation of the micro-blogging platform in March 2006, bad actors orchestrated a social engineering attack on Twitter on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 

As the team of developers at Twitter struggles to address the severe attack orchestrated on the platform on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate via Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has sent an open letter to Jack Dorsey in a bid to understand the severity of the hack and also find out the measures the team is taking to prevent system-level hacks.

In the letter, Hawley acknowledges the fact that the hackers have taken over the real and verified accounts of notable Twitter users including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Uber, former U.S. President Barack Obama, and others, to carry out a fake bitcoin (BTC) giveaway program targeting crypto holders.

The letter reads:

As I write, Twitter seems to be experiencing a large-scale cyberattack, as illustrated by a number of posts inviting users to transfer bitcoin under fraudulent pretences. The accounts targeted include those for Apple, Uber, Jeff Bezos, former President Barack Obama, and even the Democratic nominee for President.” 

Hawley also notes that the number of affected accounts keeps increasing by the minute and it’s alleged that the hackers were even able to gain control of accounts with two-factor authentication enabled.

The 40-year-old Senator went on to state that he is very much concerned that the incident may represent a successful attack on the entire security system of Twitter, rather than just a “mere coordinated set of separate hacking incidents.”

More Questions 

Importantly, Senator Hawley has urged Jack Dorsey and his team to collaborate with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fix the issue before the security breach expands. And once the immediate concerns have been attended to, the team must answer other pertinent questions concerning the hack, including whether the incident has affected President Donald Trump’s own account.

Reportedly, the FBI is already leading a federal inquiry into the infamous hack, sources told Reuters.

Sources cited by Reuters said:

“We are aware of today’s security incident involving several Twitter accounts belonging to high profile individuals. The accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud.”

In the past, hackers had succeeded in hijacking or cloning the Twitter accounts of popular crypto big whales such as Vitalik Buterin and others, to organize various bitcoin and ether giveaway scams

And this latest incident once again highlights the need for Twitter to integrate blockchain technology into its processes to beat the challenge of a single line of failure.

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