Hijacking a Twitter account has become a hobby for some specific hacking groups because it’s easy to do,media reported. The Crisis Management Center of the Russian Foreign Ministry has recently been the target of this type of hacking attack, and its Twitter account is understood to have recently been attacked by an unnamed group that tried to sell their alleged private tourist data.
The attack took place on July 2, when the @MID_travel’s Twitter account, which usually retweets posts from other Russian agencies, accidentally posted a surprising tweet, security researcher Graham Cluley said. The tweet said the hackers had personal data related to travel payments made on the Russian public service portal in June 2020.
It is understood that, technically, the hackers used the leaked Twitter account as an advertisement for the stolen data. However, anyone can make sure this is true by paying 66 bitcoins, as this is the hacker’s asking price for this data.
But the Russian authorities have now restored the account and deleted the tweet from the page, followed by a new message detailing what happened, which reads: “On the morning of July 2nd, cybercriminals posted a message that had nothing to do with the Russian Foreign Ministry, so we re-entered the account.” The account is now functioning normally.”
The hacking group behind the attack has not been disclosed, and it is likely that Russian authorities will never provide more details.