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Twitter says hackers targeted just 130 people in cyber-attack

The US tech giant said no passwords were stolen as it grapples with the worst security breach in its 14-year history

Twitter revealed hackers targeted just 130 accounts during the cyber-attack this week that compromised some of the world’s most recognizable people, though no passwords were stolen.

The US company said the still-unknown perpetrators had gained control of a subset of those accounts and were able to send tweets. Twitter has blocked data downloads from affected accounts as its investigation continues, it said on its online support page.

“We’re working with impacted account owners and will continue to do so over the next several days,” the company said. “We are continuing to assess whether non-public data related to these accounts was compromised, and will provide updates if we determine that occurred.”

Details are trickling out about the hack that affected global political and business leaders, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US president Barack Obama and Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk. Those who gained access to the accounts used them to attempt a bitcoin scam, sending tweets asking for people to give them money in exchange for a bigger payment in return.

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