Messages posted on hacked accounts, and most of them quickly deleted, gave Internet users 30 minutes to send 1,000 dollars in bitcoins in order to earn double this value in return.
“We have detected what we believe to be a coordinated technological attack by individuals who have successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” said Twitter.
“It’s been a hard day for us on Twitter,” admitted social network boss Jack Dorsey in a tweet.
“We all feel terribly bad after what has happened. We will make a diagnosis and we will share whatever we can when we have a better understanding of what happened precisely,” he added.
According to the specialized site Blockchain.com, which tracks transactions carried out in cryptocurrencies, a total of 12.58 bitcoins, or nearly 116,000 dollars, was sent to one of the addresses mentioned in the fraudulent tweets.
“They used these accesses to take control of many highly visible accounts,” the company added, adding that it was investigating “other malicious activity they may have also engaged in or information they may have had get.”