It’s being called a “tweet-tastrophe.”
The Twitter accounts of some of the world’s biggest names were hacked Wednesday in a bitcoin scam. The FBI is investigating, and the Senate Intelligence Committee asked for a briefing.
“Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened,” Jack Dorsey, the company’s CEO, tweeted. Twitter said Thursday the breach involved approximately 130 accounts, with hackers gaining control of a “small subset” of those.
The breach, as bad as it was – the largest in the social media company’s 14-year history – could have been much, much worse.
Had it been a foreign government looking to disrupt the election in November or bad actors looking to cause an international incident, mayhem would have ensued, Jennifer Grygiel, a communications professor at Syracuse University who studies social media, told USA TODAY.
Had the hack involved President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, it would have