Bitcoin Scam: Centre issues notice to Twitter over recent hack, seeks complete details of Indian users affected
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the hackers hacked the accounts of high-profile users on Twitter, India’s cybersecurity nodal agency CERT-In on Saturday issued a notice to the micro-blogging site asking them to provide full details of the recent hack targeting high-profile users and sought complete information on a number of Indian users affected as well as the impact on data.
News agency PTI quoted a source privy to the matter as saying that CERT-In has also asked Twitter for information on the number of users from India who have visited the malicious tweets and links and whether the affected users have been informed by the platform about unauthorised access to their Twitter accounts.
According to the report, the government has also asked Twitter to provide information of vulnerability exploited by the hackers and modus operandi of the attack. The government has also asked the remedial actions taken by Twitter to reduce the chances of hacking in future.
Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) swung into action after reports that hackers gained access to Twitter's systems to hack accounts of many global corporate leaders, politicians, celebrities and businesses.
Cyber attackers had hacked into the Twitter accounts of globally high profile users - including former US President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden as well as many corporate leaders including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk - on Wednesday in a purported Bitcoin scam.
Earlier in the day, Twitter said that the recent attack on accounts of prominent figures was carried out by hackers who infiltrated the company's internal systems using several employees' credentials.
"The attackers successfully manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to access Twitter's internal systems, including getting through our two-factor protections," the company said in a blog post on the matter.
The social media company said that the attackers appear to have used social engineering tactics to force employees to take certain actions and divulge key information.
From initial assessments, Twitter has found that the hack compromised 130 accounts, 45 of which "the attackers were able to initiate a password reset, log in to the account, and send Tweets." Additionally, the hackers took steps to begin downloading statistics from eight of those accounts.
(With ANI, PTI Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan