17th July 2020: The Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) has started an investigation into the case of hacking major Twitter accounts that happened on Wednesday.
According to the reports from Bloomberg, the FBI has opened an investigation into a hacking attack against Twitter that affected some of the world’s highest-profile accounts, including those of former President Barack Obama and Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk.
“At this time, the accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud,” according to a statement from the FBI’s San Francisco office, which is leading the investigation.
“We advise the public not to fall victim to this scam by sending cryptocurrency or money in relation to this incident.”
FBI usually starts the investigations when there is a risk of security threats or attacks from foreign adversaries.
Hackers used hijacked accounts to obtain about $120,000 in Bitcoin. Twitter said it was investigating the attack and taking steps to fix what went wrong.
The company blocked posts from all verified accounts for several hours in order to regain control over the hack.
It later said that it had detected “a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”
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