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There have been several high-profile cyber attacks on Twitter in recent years. One of the most notable attacks occurred on July 15, 2020, when several high-profile Twitter accounts, including those of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, were hacked in a coordinated cryptocurrency scam. The attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and post tweets encouraging followers to send Bitcoin to a specific wallet address, with the promise of receiving double the amount in return.
The attack was reportedly carried out by a group of young hackers who used social engineering techniques to gain access to Twitter's internal tools and systems. The incident caused widespread disruption and prompted Twitter to temporarily disable all verified accounts from posting new content.
In addition to this attack, Twitter has also experienced other security breaches in the past:
In 2013, hackers were able to compromise several high-profile Twitter accounts, including those of the Associated Press and CBS News, and post false tweets about explosions at the White House. The tweets caused a brief panic and led to a temporary drop in the stock market.
In 2014, Twitter announced that it had detected unauthorized access attempts to its user data, including usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. The company said it had reset passwords for all affected accounts and advised users to change their passwords.
In 2015, a group of hackers claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Twitter and other social media sites, including Facebook and YouTube. The group, known as the Syrian Electronic Army, was reportedly aligned with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and used the attacks to spread propaganda.
In 2018, an incident occurred in which user data was inadvertently shared with advertisers.
In 2019, Twitter revealed that it had accidentally collected and shared some users' data with third-party advertisers without their permission. The data included users' country code, phone number, and whether they had opted-in to receiving promotional messages from advertisers. Also an incident in which a vulnerability in the Android app exposed users' private tweets
Twitter has faced criticism over its handling of these incidents, with some experts calling for the company to do more to protect user data and prevent cyber attacks.
In response, Twitter has implemented a number of security measures, such as two-factor authentication and increased transparency around data collection and sharing. The company has also worked to improve its internal security protocols to prevent unauthorized access to its systems and tools.
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