‘Tough day for us at Twitter’: Twitter unmutes most blue checks after bitcoin scammer hack, says ‘functionality may come & go’
“Most accounts should be able to Tweet again. As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” Twitter said in a statement.
Multiple media organizations, businesses, Twitter pundits, celebrities and other blue checks that were affected by the Twitter lockdown heaved a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday evening, at last able to tweet again after being gagged for several hours as the platform sought a fix for the biggest hack in its history.Also on rt.com Apparent Twitter hack takes over accounts of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Mike Bloomberg & other A-listers
It’s unclear how the hackers were able to compromise so many verified accounts at once, considering such high-profile ‘victims’ as Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, and Michael Bloomberg are supposed to have two-factor authentication. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company has yet to figure out precisely what went wrong.
“Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened,” he said.
Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened. 💙 to our teammates working hard to make this right.— jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
The lack of clarity over the nature of the hack has given rise to speculation as to how the hackers broke into these supposedly well-protected accounts. One popular theory is that they gained access to an internal employee panel, which allowed them to change and/or disable the multi-factor identification system.
The API was fixed after the last time the API was exploited. This attack is something different. From my own research and seeing the actions twitter is taking its likely true that an Internal Employee Panel was accessed theres even screenshots of the IEP and it being sold pic.twitter.com/YWmOt37GRa— HKE2083 (@hke2083) July 16, 2020
Twitter has so far remained silent on these rumors.
There's a lot of unsubstantiated rumors about a Twitter employee getting hacked and losing access to an admin panel causing all these account takeovers. It'd be helpful if Twitter could confirm or deny this. https://t.co/91A3HOXlbW— alfred 🆖 (@alfredwkng) July 15, 2020
While many verified accounts had to turn to their backup profiles, the impediment triggered celebration among those not bestowed with the coveted blue check mark.
The blue checkmarks are goneUnverified twitter we move as one pic.twitter.com/isxLOzkrSe— Gridley 999 (@McGridley_) July 15, 2020
Blue Checks trying to communicate through retweets pic.twitter.com/QT82nXydjf— Sal Gentile (@salgentile) July 15, 2020
“Now the journos are feeling what normal business owners felt during the lockdown,” one tweeted.
Now the journos are feeling what normal business owners felt during the lockdown— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) July 15, 2020
Some said the ‘blue check marks’ affected should ditch Twitter for good and just set up their own platform, or perhaps move to Parler, a US-based service launched in 2018 as an alternative to Twitter. The platform has grown especially popular among American conservatives.
Indeed, silenced blue checks should just start their own twitter https://t.co/4mO3c4jXdl— Rachel Bovard (@rachelbovard) July 15, 2020
Hey blue-checks why don't you all move to Parler— Defeated Will Chambespierre (@willchamberlain) July 15, 2020
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