The media learned who was behind the burglary Twitter
The recent attack on Twitter was a group of young people from the US and the UK, which communicated with each other in the messenger and the shell which was led by one nick Kirk, who claimed that working in the social network and has internal access to user accounts, the newspaper New York Times with reference to participating in the hacking of hackers and their publishing screenshots of the conversations in the messenger.
As reported by the NYT, they managed to contact with four members of hacking them among users under nicknames lol and ever so anxious. To contact the hackers edition helped the specialist in the field of security from California Haseeb Awan. Avan said that he maintained contact with the hackers, as they previously tried to crack it owned the company.
According to participants of events, communication between hackers was carried out in the instant messenger arena. In the center of the whole scheme was user Kirk. He brought funds from the purse, where the scammers asked to transfer bitcoins, according to the publication, citing its own analysis of transactions in the cryptocurrency.
Lol the user has shared the screenshots of the correspondence with the user under the name Kirk in which Kirk argued that working in Twitter, so he has access to accounts of users of social networks. "Bro, I work at Twitter, don't show anyone this post, seriously," wrote user Kirk.
It is noted that the user of the Kirk were not widely known in the hacker community before the attack last Wednesday. His profile in the shell was only created on 7 July. Even other hackers who worked with him, his identity remained unknown.
Participants hacking "met" shortly before the start of the operation. Kirk contacted lol Tuesday night and Wednesday — with the ever so anxious to Discord, where he invited them to become dealers to sell the Twitter accounts on the Internet, the newspaper reports. Lol and ever so anxious already had the reputation on the website OGusers.com where hackers sell "valuable" names in social networks, stolen from users. Usually such names, @dark, @w, @l, @50 and others who cited as example the newspaper — consist of one number or letter, and thereby attract the attention, which makes them very valuable, the newspaper notes.
For each implemented transaction lol and ever so anxious relied its share, the newspaper said. These operations have shown how wide the access Kirk is for Twitter: it could quickly change basic security settings for any user and send a photo of the records from internal systems Twitter as evidence that he is in control of the account.
One of the buyers that have acquired the name @6, — famous hacker PlugWalkJoe, which hides a 21-year-old Briton, Joseph O'connor, told the newspaper that, according to other hackers, Kirk got the right access to systems and servers Twitter when I could get into the channel in the corporate Slack messenger. "People investigating the case said that this corresponds to the fact that they still managed to learn", — the newspaper writes.
According to those with whom managed to communicate the newspaper, about 22.30 GMT environment Kirk moved on to hacking the accounts of famous people — former President Barack Obama, businessman Elon musk and others. Approval lol, with the crack accounts of celebrities were only Kirk. He later stopped responding to their intermediaries.
Lol though not revealed his identity, however, told the publication that lives in USA and he is about 20, and his friend with the nickname ever so anxious said that he was 19 years old, he lives in the UK with my mother.
Who is behind the nickname Kirk and his motives could not be established, the newspaper writes.
The newspaper States that investigators leading the case of the hacking, confirmed that some of the details shared by hackers with the publication coincides with what has been set in the result of the investigation.
Previously unknown broke into the accounts of several U.S. celebrities. Among the victims of the burglary were former Vice-President of the USA Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, billionaires bill gates, Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett, the head of Amazon Jeff Bezos, rapper Kanye West, Apple, Uber and others. The authors in the hacked accounts, promised to return sent to them within 30 minutes bitcoins in doubling the size.