İrem UZUN -TDO- According to the Reuters, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is leading a federal inquiry into the Twitter hacking, two sources familiar with the situation said. Earlier the FBI had said “We are aware of today’s security incident involving several Twitter accounts belonging to high profile individuals. The accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud”. Moreover, the Bureau urged people to not to fall victim to this scam by sending cryptocurrency or money in relation to this incident, Fox News reported. After the news, Twitter shares started to trade lower around 1.3 percent.
Scammers hacked accounts belonging to former President Barack Obama, former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Tesla founder Elon Musk and more. The hackers tweeted from victims' accounts asking users to donate Bitcoin to coronavirus relief and included a link to the scam. Hackers claiming responsibility for the attack told that a Twitter employee helped them take control of the accounts, which Twitter appeared to confirm in its own post.
The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) also said it was opening an investigation at the direction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying "cyberattacks are a major threat and this incident shows how easily fraudulent and false information can be spread to millions of consumers". "DFS developed the nation’s first cybersecurity regulation to protect New York’s financial services industry, including virtual currency companies. The Department will leverage its deep expertise to bring the facts to light,” it said in a statement.