Twitter has said that hackers viewed private messages from the 36 accounts involved in last week’s Bitcoin scam hack.
According to Twitter, one of the infected accounts was that of an elected official in the Netherlands. Details of the other accounts were not made public.
According to BBC, the Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders confirmed that his account was that in Twitter’s reference.
Last week, hackers gained access to Mr Wilders’ Twitter account and changed the profile image to a cartoon of a black man. His background image was also replaced with a Moroccan flag.
“I was informed by Twitter that my account was not only hacked for some days and the hacker also posted tweets in my account and sent DMs in my name, but indeed also got full access to my Direct Messages (DM’s),” Mr Wielders said.
He further said that people of Islam religion and other Middle East regimes have been communicating with him through the DM’s and he hopes the exposure of their identities won’t endanger their lives.
On July 16, hackers gained access to accounts belonging to high profile global celebrities, businessmen and politicians. The hackers posted a bogus get-rich-quick scheme requesting victims to send bitcoins for a doubled reward.
Among the targeted accounts was that of Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos, rapper Kanye West, former US President Barrack Obama, Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and reality-TV star Kim Kardashian West.
According to a crypto-currency exchange report, the hackers received about $120,000 in Bitcoins from the victims.
Twitter, in a report, said that 130 accounts were targeted, exposing critical personal information including email addresses and telephone numbers.
We believe that for up to 36 of the 130 targeted accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox, including 1 elected official in the Netherlands. To date, we have no indication that any other former or current elected official had their DMs accessed.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 22, 2020