Twitter Says High-Profile Hack Was the Result of a Phishing Attack

Twitter said Thursday night that it has “significantly limited” access to its internal tools after it learned that the high-profile hack earlier this month affecting dozens of major accounts was the result of a phishing attack targeting the phones of a “small number of employees.” From a report: “This attack relied on a significant and concerted attempt to mislead certain employees and exploit human vulnerabilities to gain access to our internal systems,” Twitter said in a tweet. A phishing attack is a type of cyberattack in which hackers try to trick victims into opening malicious emails or links disguised as legitimate web content. In addition to clamping down on access to administrative systems, Twitter said it was also accelerating the rollout of “security work streams” that had already been in progress.