Newspaper the NYT found out who was involved in the hacking of Twitter accounts

Газета NYT выяснила, кто причастен к взлому аккаунтов в Twitter

citing data from the New York Times.

Representatives of the edition managed to contact with four members of hacking them among users under nicknames lol and ever so anxious. In this they were helped by a specialist in the field of security from California Haseeb Awan. He said that he was in touch with the hackers, because they had tried to hack it owned the company.

Participants of the events clarify that communication between hackers was carried out in the instant messenger arena. Supervised the scheme user Kirk. He took money from the wallet where scammers asked to transfer bitcoins, reports the NYT, citing its own analysis of transactions in the cryptocurrency.

Lol the user has provided the edition of the screenshots correspondence with the user under the name Kirk, in which the latter said that working at Twitter, so he has access to accounts of users of social networks.

“Bro, I work at Twitter, don’t show anyone this message seriously,” said user Kirk.

It is assumed that the user Kirk was not widely known in hacker circles to attack on July 15. His profile in the shell running only on 7 July. Even other hackers who collaborated with him, his identity was unknown.

Participants hacking “met” shortly before the start of the operation. Kirk suggested lol and ever so anxious in the shell to sell Twitter accounts in the Network, reports the publication. Lol and ever so anxious already had the reputation on the website where hackers sell “valuable” names in social networks, stolen from users. Usually these names – @dark, @w, @l, @50 and others who cited as example the newspaper – is represented by a single numeral or letter, and thereby attract the attention, which makes them very valuable, the edition notes.

For each implemented transaction lol and ever so anxious relied its share, I think in the NYT. These operations have testified to how great the Kirk has access to Twitter, he could quickly change basic security settings for any user and to send the photos records from internal systems Twitter as evidence that he is in control of the account.

One of the buyers who bought the name @6, – famous hacker PlugWalkJoe, which hides a 21-year-old Briton, Joseph O’connor, told the publication that, according to other hackers, Kirk got the right access to systems and servers Twitter when I could get into the channel in the corporate Slack messenger.

“People investigating the case said that this corresponds to the fact that they still managed to learn”, – emphasize in the publication.

Explained that about 22:30 (Moscow time) of environment Kirk moved on to hacking the accounts of famous people – former President Barack Obama, businessman Elon musk and others. Approval lol, with the crack accounts of celebrities were only Kirk. Then he stopped answering its intermediaries.

“I just wanted to tell you my story, because I think you can clarify some points about me and ever so anxious” – quoted NYT lol from correspondence with him in the shell.

He provided the publication of all records of conversations with other hackers.

The newspaper States that investigators involved in the hacking, confirmed that some of the details shared by hackers with the publication, in line with what has been set in the result of the investigation.

Unknown broke into the accounts of several U.S. celebrities last Wednesday. Among the victims were former Vice-President of the USA Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, billionaires bill gates, Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett, the head of Amazon Jeff Bezos, rapper Kanye West, Apple, Uber and others. The authors in the hacked accounts, promised to return sent to them within 30 minutes bitcoins in doubling the size.

Earlier radio Sputnik reported that hackers per week opened over 120 accounts on Twitter.

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