The accounts of Target and G Suite were hacked yesterday with the objective of using them for scam their followers. Hackers got control of the accounts in pretty much the same way. Also, after taking control of the accounts, they launched fake giveaways that pretend to take some bitcoin returning more. Sadly, this kind of scams is on an all-time high.
Target And G Suite Twitter Accounts Hacked
Target, one of the biggest retailers of USA and G Suite, a Google subsidiary had their Twitter accounts hacked yesterday. The reason for the hack was to use their accounts and followers to provide the bitcoins for a fake giveaway promoted by both accounts.
The Target account mentioned the start of them actually accepting bitcoin as a payment method in all their stores. That is how the giveaway was advertised. In a similar way, the Gsuite Account announced the “world biggest giveaway” offering 10k bitcoin.
In both cases, account managers don’t know how hackers could take control of the mentioned accounts. However, these two events seem to be related by the way in which they happened. Also, the giveaway page seems always to have the same form and presentation.
Target And G Suite Reaction And Handling
Target admins tweeted that the hack of their account lasted around half an hour and reported the posting of just one tweet, that advertised a fake giveaway. However, they missed a crucial point. A user report tells that the hacker ordered a sponsored campaign for the tweet that continued running time after it was taken down.
Their explanation Tweet declared that “Early this morning, our Twitter account was inappropriately accessed. The access lasted for approx. half an hour & one fake tweet was posted during that time about a bitcoin scam. We have regained control of the account, are in close contact with Twitter & are investigating now”
Target has more than 1.92 million followers on Twitter, and the reach of this scam giveaway is still unknown. In a similar way, users reported that the G Suite account hack lasted around 15 minutes. The G Suite team regained control then and managed to delete the tweet that promoted the giveaway. The way that these attackers achieve to control the Twitter accounts is still unknown.
Twitter has been fighting these hacks and false giveaways since long before, with episodes like this happening with verified accounts impersonating Elon Musk’s account to operate the same kind of scams. But it has not been so much effective till now. It is unclear how will they keep tackling this problem, but this problem has surpassed their capacity.