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Has Twitter been hacked? How to tell if your account is compromised and what to do next

Has Twitter been hacked? How to tell if your account is compromised and what to do next

TWITTER has just experienced its largest and most dramatic hack.

Hackers took over the accounts of high-profile celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Elon Musk and tweeted about Bitcoin.

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 Support (@TwitterSupport) July 16, 2020

Has Twitter been hacked?

Twitter is almost back to normal now but July 15 was not a good day for the tech giant.

Hackers managed to steal nearly $120,000 from people by compromising the accounts of celebs like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and even Apple.

They tweeted from the accounts about doubling payments into a Bitcoin wallet.

Unfortunately, some people fell for the scam because the tweet was coming from a trusted account.

I can’t tell if this is a troll or a hack, which says about all you need to know. pic.twitter.com/RDKMMjVHOg

— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) July 15, 2020

An attack like this is known as social engineering because it manipulates trust.

Twitter said: “We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”

The attack was short lived as Twitter’s security team gained access to the hacked accounts and deleted the scam tweets.

However, Twitter has had to lock some accounts and prevent them from tweeting until it can be sure they are safe to use again.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Twitter Support recently tweeted: “Internally, we’ve taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools while our investigation is ongoing. More updates to come as our investigation continues.”

It’s caused some concern for what other kinds of attacks could have happened.

How to tell if your Twitter has been hacked

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If you think your account has been hacked you can contact Twitter[/caption]

There are a usually a few signs to indicate if your Twitter account has been hacked.

The most obvious sign is that you’ve been locked out of your account.

This means you can’t access your account on any device you were logged in on no matter how hard you try.

Other signs include noticing direct messages you didn’t send or tweets you didn’t write on your account.

Your account may have followed, unfollowed or blocked people.

Twitter may email you to say your account may have been compromised or that changes have been made to your personal information.

What to do if your Twitter is hacked

You need to contact Twitter’s official support and tell them what’s happened.

If you get your account back you should change your password immediately.

If you’re using that password for any other accounts you should change them too.

You should also revoke access to any third-party applications.

Twitter has its own list of useful security tips.

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And, Fortnite mega-star Ninja has ditched TikTok over issues with the way the controversial app handles user data.

And, how often do you use Twitter? Let us know in the comments…

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