Hack targeted employees using ‘spear phishing’, says Twitter


Twitter says the recent hack used a phone spear phishing attack that tricked a handful of employees into giving up their credentials. – EPA file pic, August 1, 2020.

THE hackers who accessed dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts in mid-July gained access to the system with an attack that tricked a handful of employees into giving up their credentials, according to a company update.

Twitter said in a security update late Thursday that the July 15 incident by bitcoin scammers stemmed from a “spear phishing” attack that deceived employees about the origin of the messages.


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