Twitter suspends a number of users' tweets, dealing with a simultaneous hijacking

Authenticated users cannot post.

Engadget JP (Translation)
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2020年07月16日, 午後 06:20 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

On the morning of July 16 (JST), Twitter stopped tweeting and resetting passwords for a number of users.

According to official Twitter support, this is a temporary measure to investigate security following the simultaneous hijacking of a number of prominent accounts on July 16.

In a simultaneous hijacking incident on the morning of July 16 (JST), large corporations such as Apple and Uber, entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos, celebrities such as Kanye West, politicians such as Joe Biden and Barack Obama, and virtual currency-related accounts were all hijacked by someone who posted virtual currency fraud messages at the same time.

Hackers take over the Twitter accounts of Apple, Gates, Musk, Biden and others and post a virtual currency scam - Engadget Japanese

The fact that these incidents are probably happening at the same time, and that many accounts have stated that they had taken security measures such as two-factor authentication, suggests that there may be an unknown vulnerability on Twitter's side that could allow for a hijacking.

The inability to tweet has mainly been reported by authenticated users (although it is from other means and sub-accounts, as they cannot tweet). This is because Twitter has taken steps to temporarily suspend tweets to investigate. It appears to be a so-called panic button situation, fearing that the hijacking will continue without a known cause.

If you are an authenticated user or an account with many followers and can't Tweet, you can only wait for Twitter to respond.

Please be careful of the scam emails that claim to be from Twitter, "To re-authenticate your account".

Twitter Support updated at 9:4 a.m. JST. Most of the accounts should be back up and tweeting. However, there is a possibility that some of the functions may be down again during the restoration process.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


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