Attackers who collected bitcoin (BTC) 13.14 – worth about USD 120,000 – on July 15, from the largest hack in Twitter’s history, are believed to have accessed direct messages boxes of 36 users, including an elected Dutch official, and downloaded “Your Twitter Data” from eight accounts.
The company did not reveal who are the owners of these accounts.
While the platform emphasized that its initial findings on the scope of the breach have not yet been fully verified, the development does not bode well for the high-profile victims of the hack. These include former American President Barack Obama, Democratic Party candidate for the presidency Joe Biden, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, renowned investor Warren Buffet and rapper Kanye West, as well as accounts belonging to Apple, Uber and CashApp.
The hack’s repercussions could go far beyond the relatively small amount of bitcoin the attackers apparently collected from their 400 scam victims. As previously reported by Our, the illegally obtained data and communications could be used to blackmail the influencers and celebrities – and extort them of far larger amounts in exchange for burying data on their Twitter accounts.
Meanwhile, blockchain analytics firm Elliptic published their most recent findings what happened to the bitcoin the attackers managed to dupe their victims out of.
“What is clear is that the funds have been split into smaller amounts and passed through hundreds of new wallets. This is a tactic we commonly see used by those seeking to launder the proceeds of crime: splitting and combining of funds with other more legitimate bitcoins in order to hide the link to their illicit source. The majority of the hacker’s funds (approximately 60%) are now sitting in 37 newly created bitcoin addresses,” the firm said.
It added that some 15% of the bitcoin haul has been mixed with other funds, using ChipMixer and Wasabi Wallet services.