The Week in Business: Twitter's Mystery Hackers - The New York Times

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Good morning. A financial tip: When someone on the internet asks for Bitcoin and promises double your money back, it's probably a lie. Here's what else you need to know in business and tech news for the week ahead In perhaps the most brazen cyberattack in history, hackers commandeered dozens of Twitter's most high-profile accounts on Wednesday afternoon — including those of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Bill Gates and Elon Musk. But what could have provoked international havoc turned out to be a relatively benign scam. (The hackers made off with over $100,000 in Bitcoin from gullible Twitter users.) The platform was re-secured after partially shutting down for several hours. Now the company and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are trying to learn who the hackers are, how much information they gained access to and what they could do with it. Then there's the question of whether they'll strike again — with far more damaging results.


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