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Twitter hack: What went wrong and why it matters


There are a lot of unanswered questions about the Twitter hack. But one thing most can agree on is that it could have been far worse.

Potentially thousands of people were scammed out of money after hijacked accounts of prominent verified users promised to double the money that fans sent them in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Using Twitter's internal systems, the cyber-criminal's messages had a reach of at least 350 million people, and it looks like it made them around $110,000 (£86,800) in the one-and-a-bit hours that the scam was active.

It was an unprecedented attack on ...


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