Twitter hackers accessed DMs of 36 victims, including one elected official

The hackers who took over the Twitter accounts of 130 people last week, to advertise a bitcoin giveaway scam, were able to see direct messages (DMs) of some accounts.

Twitter announced the news on late Wednesday, saying that DMs of up to 36 accounts were accessed, including one elected official in the Netherlands. Twitter didn’t name the Dutch official, but local media reported last week that anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders had his account compromised. A hacker also reportedly claimed to have access to Wilders’ DMs at the time.

Twitter has “no indication” that other former or current elected officials had their DMs accessed, likely referencing former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden — both saw their accounts hacked.

"Attackers were able to view personal information including email addresses and phone numbers, which are displayed to some users of our internal support tools," said Twitter.

The social media giant is still investigating one of the biggest hacks in its 14-year history. Some accounts still remain locked out, including CoinDesk’s. Twitter said it is focussed on restoring access for all those accounts. 

The hackers collected $121,000 worth of bitcoin via the scam. Coinbase prevented over 1,100 customers from sending 30.4 bitcoin (~$278,000) to the hackers.