Revealed: Twitter hacked – alleged evidence of shadow banning and censorship found

Share:

In the last couple of days, the internet has been flooded with reports of a massive hack with Twitter accounts.   It is alleged that a Twitter employee gained access to Twitter’s user management system and attempted to use it to extort money from Twitter users. 

The hacked tweets urged users to send money to a bitcoin address and in return, double the money sent would be returned to them. 

This is kind of a new take on an older method of financial scams.  Once Twitter realized what had happened, it immediately restricted access to high profile accounts and “verified” accounts, those with the coveted blue check mark, in an attempt to stop the hackers. 

Some of the accounts that were restricted included politicians such Former President Barack Obama, 2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden, corporate executives such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, celebrities such as Kanye West, Whiz Khalifa and corporations such as Apple and Uber.

By the time the hack was discovered, Twitter users had already sent upwards of $113,000 to the bit coin account. 

Michael Borohovski, director of software engineering at the cybersecurity company Synopsys, said:

“Given that numerous high-profile Twitter accounts were compromised as part of this attack — accounts that would presumably be protected by multifactor authentication and strong passwords — it is highly likely that the attackers were able to hack into the back end or service layer of the Twitter application.”

But wait.  That was just the beginning of what this hack uncovered.

In several leaked screen shots of Twitter’s an internal software system that Twitter uses to interact with user accounts, it shows that the social media platform has the capability to change the ownership of popular accounts.

In this instance, when the hack was discovered, the software enabled Twitter to re-take over, in a sense, the accounts that were affected and restore them back to pre-hacked status.

Sounds like a pretty good security feature to have, right? So why is Twitter frantically trying to find all the shared images of the screen shots and delete them?

And why are some of the user accounts that have shared these images suspended for upwards of 12 hours after sharing the screen grab image of the internal software system?

Looking more in depth at these screen shots, there are some particular interesting buttons in these pictures. The two that immediately grab your attention are “Search Blacklist” and “Trends Blacklist.”

These are also the two topics that have the internet world ablaze with emotion.  

Could this be the very evidence needed to prove that Twitter has been “shadow banning” or “stealth banning” conservative voices, by making it appear they are not banned or “censored,” when, in fact, they are?

Shadow banning has been a term associated with Twitter for several years.  In 2018, Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, kept side stepping the questions regarding shadow banning and if Twitter utilizes this technique on some user accounts.

When he was testifying at Capitol Hill, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Congressional Committee for Energy and Commerce repeatedly questioned Dorsey in regards to Twitter’s bias on some platforms, especially those of the conservative nature.

Dorsey stated:

“We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially.” 

Dorsey also explained to Congress that Twitter’s algorithms did not have a liberal basis to them. However, this recent leaked software information points to quite the opposite. 

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

LET Unity

It also is a tad bit suspicious that Twitter is frantically trying to delete all evidence of this screen shot that has been shared. 

The person who shared the screen shots of the leaked Twitter information was banned for 12 hours from the social media network for “violating” the rules, allegedly because the shots held personal information on them like the account owner’s contact information.

Dave Kennedy, founder of cybersecurity company TrustedSec, said:

“We don’t know how long the attackers had access or the motives but they caused a substantial amount of distrust for the platforms security. We don’t know who was responsible or if this attack was the only portion of it. We hope twitter will be transparent in the investigation and who was behind the attacks.”

Dorsey and Twitter have been asked to include the FBI and DOJ in their investigation into the links, most notably by Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley.

Hawley sent a letter to Twitter, saying, in part:

“I am concerned that this event may represent not merely a coordinated set of separate hacking incidents but rather a successful attack on the security of Twitter itself.

“As you know, millions of your users rely on your service not just to tweet publicly but also to communicate privately through your direct message service. A successful attack on your system’s servers represents a threat to all of your users’ privacy and data security.”

It’s been reported that an employee of Twitter helped hackers gain entry into the site.

While this hasn’t been confirmed, Vice.com claims that they spoke with some of those responsible.

Vice reported:

“‘We used a rep that literally done all the work for us,’ one of the sources told Motherboard. The second source added they paid the Twitter insider. Motherboard granted the sources anonymity to speak candidly about a security incident. A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that the company is still investigating whether the employee hijacked the accounts themselves or gave hackers access to the tool.”

Of the deleted tweets that allegedly violated Twitter policy, Twitter posted:

“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.”

 

Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.

Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing! (See image below.) Thanks for being a part of the LET family!

Facebook Follow First

Share:
Related Posts