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Anyone can get hacked!

Aug 3, 2020

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Kanye West and Apple are just some of the celebrities who, on Wednesday night, July 16, 2020, were hacked on Twitter. An attack that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for the attackers. The attackers published a post on the people’s profiles and asked their followers to deposit the crypto currency bitcoin in an account and then get back twice as much money. Together, those affected by the attack have over 300 million followers on Twitter. It’s the worst attack of a major social media platform!

Over the weekend, the FBI in the US began investigating the attack and the crime is suspected to be cryptocurrency fraud. As it stands now, the attackers have targeted 130 accounts, but the attackers only gained control of a proportion of these and were able to send out fraudulent tweets to the people’s followers.

It is important to remember that even in this case affected people and organizations who have access to large sums of money, this can happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime. The individual person can be hacked as easily as large profiles have now happened in the United States. The attackers send out so-called Trojans, which are computer programs that pretend to be useful or for entertainment purposes but which in fact deceive the user and which can then make payments in the user’s name and other cyber intrusions. These Trojans the attackers send out to an infinite number of different users and hope that as many of these users as possible will install the program in order to then carry out their attack. It can happen to you who are reading this! It requires that we all, companies as a private person, have secure IT environments and know how we behave in the cyber world, to prevent being hacked.

Do you need tips on how to protect yourself? Read this article from OJCO IT: 5 tips on how you can increase your IT security. 

Read more about the event here: Twitter hack: FBI investigates major Twitter attack