Twitter says that hackers responsible for a recent high-profile breech used the phone to give employees of the social media company access to them.
The company revealed some more details about the hack late Thursday night earlier this month, stating that a small number of employees targeted through a phone spear attack.
The attack relied on a significant and concerted effort to mislead some employees and exploit human weaknesses to gain access to our internal systems.
The embarrassing July 15 attack snapped the accounts of some of the most high-profile users, including celebrities such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk and celebrities Kanye Kardashian West. .
Hackers targeted 130 accounts. They managed to tweet from 45 accounts, access 36’s direct message inbox and download Twitter data from seven. Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has said he was among those who accessed his inbox.
Spear-phishing is a more targeted version of phishing, an impersonation scam that uses email or other electronic communications to trick recipients into handing over sensitive information.
Twitter did not provide any information on how the attack was carried out, saying a more detailed report would be provided to the ongoing law enforcement investigation later. The company has previously stated that the incident was a coordinated social engineering attack that targeted some of its employees with access to internal systems and equipment.