Twitter is Being Hacked and I Can’t Post to My Verified Account at the Moment Because I’m Being Told It Looks Like Suspicious Activity, I Bet I’m Not the Only One

Wild times, folks.

30 Comments on “Twitter is Being Hacked and I Can’t Post to My Verified Account at the Moment Because I’m Being Told It Looks Like Suspicious Activity, I Bet I’m Not the Only One”

  1. You’re not the only one. I’m seeing reports that Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Elon Musk and other luminaries were affected.

  2. Hank Roberts – California – I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you --Nobody --Too? Then there's a pair of us? Don't tell! they'd advertise --you know! How dreary --to be --Somebody! How public --like a Frog -- To tell one's name --the livelong June -- To an admiring B[l]og! [Parody, with apology to] -- Emily Dickinson____ http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/711.html ____ Avatar stolen from illustration by James Donnelly of THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY by Carlo M. Cipolla, www.cantrip.org/stupidity.html or http://harmful.cat-v.org/people/basic-laws-of-human-stupidity/ or 'oogle it. _________________________ DISAMBIGUATION: not Hank Roberts the Internet Guy/Vlogger; not the cellist [hankrobertsmusic]; not the camping stove maker; not the angler; not British [hankroberts.org.uk]; not a corporate nor a union officer; not from Chicago; not at Southern Pacific; not the award-winning educator at peacemakersinc. You see the pattern. => If you may know me, ask; likely I owe you a long-borrowed book, an apology, thanks, and applause.
    Hank Roberts

    You, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Apple …. you must be a high value target worth the trouble!

  3. Well, to be clear, I am not like Musk, Gates, etc in that no one thought to use my account for a Bitcoin scam. I am merely swept up in the Verified Account lockdown going on at the moment.

  4. I had them suspend my account for 12 hours because I openly wished that Donald Trump would have a heart attack or stroke. Does that count?

  5. Stephen Harris:

    Yes, that’s why I wrote that headline for this post. I retweeted my Whatever Blog account, which automatically posts whenever I put a new post here.

  6. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.
    timeliebe

    Hmm — bet some hackers who are sick of “Blue Checks” being given a legitimacy unverified accounts don’t have decided to take matters into their own hands…
    Wonder if it was the Left or the Right?
    Or just some bitcoin miners…?

  7. Even low-follower nobodies like me who managed to get verified can’t tweet right now, so it appears to be anyone with the blue check.

  8. Apologies for the duplicated report, but the unverified accounts – like mine – are swept up in the same security sweep as the verified. Which is reassuring, after its fashion, I suppose.

  9. Let us hope this is the end of the Twitter sewer for good. I am perfectly happy to visit your blog and I do not like the abusive social media model of discourse.

  10. I got the following notice from the Security Service that protects my phone:

    A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday afternoon by attackers who used the accounts — some with millions of followers — to spread a cryptocurrency scam. High-profile accounts compromised include Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian West, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Wiz Khalifa, Warren Buffett, YouTuber MrBeast, Wendy’s, Uber, CashApp and Mike Bloomberg and this list may continue to expand. The compromised accounts posted a message promoting the address of a bitcoin wallet with the claim that the amount of any payments made to the address would be doubled and sent back — a known cryptocurrency scam technique. Twitter is looking into the matter but has not yet provided an official statement regarding this attack.

  11. Information on Ars Technica is that a system admin, with full control of the infrastructure (not a simple support tech or moderator or anything) was compromised with a social engineering attack. As a result, the hackers had full control of all of twitter’s operation and capacities, including adding/modifying tweets, account details, etc.

    All of them. Not just Trump’s or Elon’s or even our esteemed hosts’, but yours and mine.

    Beware the inevitable phishing campaigns: “Following the twitter hack, you are invited to change immediately your twitter password. Click here or it will be deactivated in 24 hours.”

  12. I’m a much lower-profile blocked user :-) I’d offer to double your DogeCoins, but the machine I mined them on got disk trouble, back when DogeCoins were still worth so close to $0.0000 that you could have fun with them.
    Every few months, especially if I connect from my work VPN and report a bunch of fake users or hater accounts, Twitter sends me a nastygram saying I’ve exhibited “automated behavior”, and locks me out until either I prove I’m human providing them a phone number that matches the one I never gave them in the first place, or else until a human responds to my trouble ticket, so I’m back in Twitter Jail. (“I’m not a Robot! Really! Google Had Me Tested!”)

    I feel somewhat frustrated about it, because there are people I like to keep up with, but it also means I’m not doomscrolling all day. So hi, and lots of like-buttons to those I couldn’t deliver via Twitter.

    I’d give

  13. And yet, so far as we have been told, Donald Trump is not having a problem. Coincidence? Or grifters respecting grifters? You make the call.

  14. I’ve seen a couple of reports suggesting that the Twitter employee wasn’t phished, but rather bribed; I don’t know how accurate that is, but I would be amused (and unsurprised) if it turns out to be true.

  15. I think it’s a classic case of “those who can’t do (do specifically meaning win an election fairly/get and keep a job they don’t deserve and can’t …do) cheat.”

    It’d be hilarious if it weren’t so chilling and pathetic.

    Demographics we hate and want dead are mobilizing, voting and working successfully to brake SIWs’ strangleholds on various societies.

    Get thee to social media, neutralize their prominent and all who follow/agree with them and relieve them of their virtual bounty!

    It’ll be emails next. :(

  16. I got a really good phishing email once, which was indeed going to revoke an important account if I didn’t, well… do something stupid. I looked at the entire message with headers and all, and saw that it was forwarded via servers in Vietnam… imagine that!??! What a good clue.

    I still get a wide variety of “offers” from Vietnam, dunno how come I got picked out for that… while I was in the military during that war, I never went overseas, so that isn’t the problem. Also not an elected official, or really rich and powerful…

    But anyone can get caught up in the moment… I was lucky to have a sudden spark of paranoia.

  17. The better phishing these days is companies outsourcing bureaucratic communications functions to other websites that outtask parts of them to other websites – Is “vouchers@mycompany.bigaccounting.dotcomishname.com” real, or fake? Too often it’s real, and it trains us to let that stuff in.

    I’ve also gotten the extortion emails – “Your Password is ____ – we caught you watching porn and we’ll send screenshots to all your friends unless you send us a Bitcoin!”
    The first one of those had my actual LinkedIn password, so probably LinkedIn got hacked.
    The latest one had “password123”, which is my typical password on a large number of news sites and other sites of low value. (Oh, noes, somebody could forge Letters To The Editor on the Fargo Daily News site! Or use up my monthly free-before-paywall article quota!)

  18. Evidently the tool used by the insider at twitter allowed them to change the recovery email address for a twitter account…without sending a notification to the old email address!

    Why the heck would you allow such a thing? Let alone allow it to be used by any one employee??

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