Twitter said late Thursday that about 130 people were targeted in a cyberattack that took control of high-profile accounts to promote a bitcoin scam.
The hackers received $121,000 from over 400 payments to three separate bitcoin addresses, according to blockchain analysis firm Elliptic. Roughly half of those payments were made from U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchanges, Elliptic added.
“Based on what we know right now, we believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the attackers in some way as part of the incident,” the social media firm tweeted.
“For a small subset of these accounts, the attackers were able to gain control of the accounts and then send Tweets from those accounts.”
The hack, which took place on Wednesday, compromised the accounts of several prominent figures in business and politics.