The big guys – like Twitter – get hit with cyber attacks too. Here, on threatpost.com, is an account from Twitter – “An update on our security incident” – on one such incident that occurred on July 15.
“At this time,” Twitter advises, “we believe attackers targeted certain Twitter employees through a social engineering scheme. What does this mean? In this context, social engineering is the intentional manipulation of people into performing certain actions and divulging confidential information.
“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. As of now, we know that they accessed tools only available to our internal support teams to target 130 Twitter accounts. For 45 of those accounts, the attackers were able to initiate a password reset, login to the account, and send Tweets. We are continuing our forensic review of all of the accounts to confirm all actions that may have been taken. In addition, we believe they may have attempted to sell some of the usernames…”
There’s more to the incident in Twitter’s report. But the point is, it’s hardly comforting to learn that a social media giant can be plagued by cyber attackers too. Be watchful, always.