Twitter’s security team deactivated all the accounts impacted by the latest hack on the social media network earlier today. Meanwhile, the functionalities of the verified accounts have also been restricted as part of the precautionary measures adopted by Twitter in their efforts to get to the bottom of high profile Twitter hack that has made headlines in the technology industry. The Twitter security team stated the following on the hack:
“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.
We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.
Once we became aware of the incident, we immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed Tweets posted by the attack”
Justin Sun is Back on Twitter
TRON’s founder and CEO, Justin Sun, is among the several high profile Twitter users that had his account compromised. Following the malicious act, his official twitter account, @JustinSunTron has been deactivated to pave way for investigations into the cyber attack. However, Justin Sun has reappeared on Twitter under a different account.
The TRON founder interacted with the TRON community through his alternative @sunyuchentron account, asking them to reach him through the account in the meantime as Twitter resolves the security breach.
— 孙宇晨🌞 (@sunyuchentron) July 16, 2020
$1 million in exchange of Twitter attackers
Before making his Twitter comeback, Justin Sun had announced that he will offer a $1 million bounty in exchange for the Twitter hackers. Mr. Sun made the announcement via the @BitTorrent Twitter account. The announcement is as follows:
“TRON Founder & CEO of @BitTorrent, Justin Sun is putting out a Bounty for the hackers in the amount of $1 million. He will personally pay those who successfully track down, and provide evidence for bringing to justice, the hackers/people behind this hack affecting our community.”
A hacker, or a group of hackers managed to infringe a huge part of Twitter on July 15, including the official Twitter accounts of Gemini, Coinbase, the TRON Foundation and various other high profile accounts. The hack stretched beyond the cryptocurrency industry, as public figures such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk saw their own accounts compromised. The attack spans from free giveaways, fraudulent partnerships and false trading groups.