In the morning of July 17, Beijing time, Twitter said that although hackers used Wednesday’s massive attack to fake tweets from several prominent users, the user’s password was not stolen in the process. “There is no evidence that the attacker obtained the password.” Twitter wrote in Thursday’s update, “We don’t currently believe it is necessary for you to reset your password.” “
Some users who have changed their passwords in the past 30 days may still be unable to access their accounts, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been compromised.
Wednesday’s hacking affected a number of celebrity accounts, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Hackers hacked into these accounts for Bitcoin scams, and they faked celebrities who asked people to donate money in return for a larger sum.
Twitter said late Wednesday that the hack was a “co-ordinated social engineering attack” targeting Twitter employees. Hackers can thus break into some of the company’s internal systems, as well as the accounts of some of the most famous users. It also forced Twitter to temporarily ban authentication accounts from sending any tweets.
Twitter said it would take “important steps to restrict access to internal systems and tools as the investigation progresses.” Twitter is still investigating how the attack was carried out, but has not disclosed whether any other information related to the accounts, such as private messages, was compromised.
U.S. politicians were quick to call on Twitter to reveal more information. “While it’s not a long time to control celebrity accounts, it shows a worrying vulnerability in this media environment.” Democratic Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said. The FBI is also investigating the attack.