iDigress with Troy Sandidge

#Hacked

Episode Summary

Some of the world's richest and most influential politicians, celebrities, tech, moguls, and companies were the subject of a massive Twitter hack: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, and Bill Gates were among some of the accounts pushing out tweets, asking for millions of followers to send money to a Bitcoin address.

Episode Notes

Let's go back to July 16th, 2020. Tweets appeared in the name of some of the most high-profile and powerful figures in the world from hundreds of accounts to tens of millions of followers and all containing the same message. From the accounts of former president Barack Obama and apparent offer to double any donation of a thousand dollars sent in Bitcoin.

In the words of the tweet to give back to the community, this was the work of a hack on an enormous scale. The corporate accounts of tech giants, like Apple were also hit. And even some of the world's richest figures, like the Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, most of the tweets were quickly deleted as Twitter began an investigation, but experts say it's possibly the most significant hack that any social media platform has seen.

Between two-factor authentication, password management, having a list of all the people who have access to all these different things, how the protocols protecting their phones and IP address, and all this stuff. How easy, with all that being said, it is to just infiltrate. It wasn't just like a funny little tweet on someone. They were capturing Bitcoin, which is one of the most untraceable currencies today.

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