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Technology Twitter takes down screenshots of internal tools allegedly behind hacking spree

04:16  16 july  2020
04:16  16 july  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Twitter didn't respond to a request for comment on what was behind Wednesday's hacking spree . In a tweet , the company said it was investigating "a The thread showing Twitter 's internal tools has since been removed, according to the user. It's unclear how hackers were able to get screenshots of

twitter . German prosecutors have issued a warrant for the arrest of an alleged GRU agent accused of hacking the Bundestag, according to the country’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. Badin is believed to belong to the ‘Fancy Bear’ hacking group, which Suddeutsche Zeitung calls “a notorious

Twitter is removing images from the social network that could point to how attackers executed a major hacking spree on the platform. On Wednesday, hackers took over the Twitter accounts of prominent users, including Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West and Jeff Bezos, in order to promote a Bitcoin scam.

Twitter accounts have been getting hacked to promote a Bitcoin scam on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET © Provided by CNET Twitter accounts have been getting hacked to promote a Bitcoin scam on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET

While Twitter hacks are nothing new -- the social network experiences frequent account takeovers -- the repeated and singular theme of Wednesday's account takeovers suggest an effort beyond the SIM jacking attack that ensnared Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last August.

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A screenshot (or screen capture) is a picture of the screen on your computer or mobile device that you can make using standard tools or a special program The iOS platform allows taking a screenshot with standard tools starting from 2.x versions.

Apple internal tool up for sale on the black market (Source: ZDNet). An unnamed hacker claims to have access to a set of internal tools that can Since the Twitter account used to reveal the images of what appears to be Apple's Global Service Exchange (GSX) system has been taken down already

"Given that numerous high-profile Twitter accounts were compromised as part of this attack -- accounts that would presumably be protected by multifactor authentication and strong passwords -- it is highly likely that the attackers were able to hack into the back end or service layer of the Twitter application," said Michael Borohovski, director of software engineering at the cybersecurity company Synopsys.

Twitter didn't respond to a request for comment on what was behind Wednesday's hacking spree. In a tweet, the company said it was investigating "a security incident impacting accounts."

(For tips on how to secure your Twitter account, see this CNET story.)

Posters on a hacking forum for selling highly-desired Twitter handles on Wednesday displayed screenshots of Twitter's administrative panel, which showed internal details like the email addresses registered with accounts, when the account was last accessed, and what phone numbers were tied to it. It also displayed the number of strikes logged against each account.

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why not take a screenshot urself every minute and send that one, when one gets requested? that way u only have to stop drawing for 1 frame. but honestly anybody who gets enjoyment over spending time to develop hacks and then spend Further down it gets nastier with some outside module shit.

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a screenshot of a cell phone: A screenshot of the admin panel shared with CNET. Alfred Ng / CNET © Provided by CNET A screenshot of the admin panel shared with CNET. Alfred Ng / CNET

The screenshots were first reported by Motherboard, and shared with CNET by a user on the forum.

"They forced me to delete the Tweet and they gave me a 12 hour ban from Tweeting or interacting with anyone on the website," the person who shared the screenshots said.

The images are being removed from Twitter for violating the website's rules because they show personal information, including the accounts' contact information.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Another user's account details on the alleged Twitter internal panel. Alfred Ng / CNET © Provided by CNET Another user's account details on the alleged Twitter internal panel. Alfred Ng / CNET

The thread showing Twitter's internal tools has since been removed, according to the user. It's unclear how hackers were able to get screenshots of Twitter's internal tools.

Lawmakers are already demanding answers from the social network. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, sent a letter to Twitter requesting that he reach out to the Department of Justice and the FBI for help in the investigation.

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A screenshot , screen capture, screen cap, cap, screen dump, or screengrab is an image taken by a person to record the visible items displayed on the monitor, television, or other visual output device in use. If I really had to do it your way, I would either create a GIF or take two screenshots one full

In an extensive series of tweets throughout December, hackers leaked sensitive data from hundreds of German politicians, including members of the European parliament, German Though hackers posted the stolen information to a Twitter account over many days as a sort of digital advent calendar, the

The letter asks for Twitter to disclose if the hacking campaign was a breach of users or of Twitter's own internal systems.

"I am concerned that this event may represent not merely a coordinated set of separate hacking incidents but rather a successful attack on the security of Twitter itself," Hawley said. "As you know, millions of your users rely on your service not just to tweet publicly but also to communicate privately through your direct message service. A successful attack on your system's servers represents a threat to all of your users' privacy and data security."

Twitter accounts have been getting hacked to promote a Bitcoin scam on Wednesday. © James Martin/CNET

Twitter accounts have been getting hacked to promote a Bitcoin scam on Wednesday.


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