Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, said it was a "tough day" for the team after numerous high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked into a Bitcoin scam on Wednesday, July 15.
"Tough day for us on Twitter," Dorsey said in a tweet that was released at 6:20 p.m. PT, just a few hours after the security breach, added, "We all feel terrible that this has happened."
The Twitter boss said his team is now trying to determine exactly how it happened and promised to "share everything we can" once the investigation team has more information.
Tough day for us on Twitter. We all feel terrible that this has happened.
We'll diagnose and share everything we can if we have a clearer understanding of what exactly happened.
to our teammates who are working hard to get it right.
– jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
Dozens of high profile accounts were involved in the scam, each posting a message offering to send a sender double the payment to a Bitcoin wallet address included in the tweet. According to Blockchain.com data, more than $ 100,000 was sent to the Bitcoin wallet on more than 370 transactions early Wednesday evening.
Former President Barack Obama and suspected Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden were among the hacked accounts. The goals also included Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, entertainer Kanye West and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as technology companies such as Apple and Uber.
After Twitter noticed the hack, the ability of verified accounts to tweet was temporarily stopped until it could be ensured that the situation was under control. The company has returned to normal.
In the meantime, Twitter is trying to figure out how the hack took place so it doesn't recur. We have contacted the company for more information and will update this piece as soon as we hear anything.