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Uncovering the Twitter Controversy: SEC Account Hack and Bitcoin ETF Misinformation

Twitter has addressed the recent incident involving a fraudulent tweet from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Twitter account, falsely announcing the approval of 13 spot Bitcoin ETFs. Following a preliminary investigation, Twitter's Safety team clarified that the compromise was not a result of any breach in Twitter's systems. Instead, it was due to an unidentified individual gaining control over a phone number associated with the SECGov account through a third party.

Key Points:

  • Twitter Safety emphasized that the SEC's account did not have two-factor authentication enabled at the time of the hack, a security measure that SEC chair Gary Gensler had previously recommended for protection against identity theft and fraud.
  • The Safety team encouraged all users to enable this extra layer of security to safeguard their accounts.

As the world eagerly anticipated the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF, the compromised SEC Twitter account erroneously claimed that all approvals had been granted. This misinformation led to a significant drop in the price of Bitcoin from a two-year high of $47,680 to nearly $45,500. Once the fraudulent tweet was removed, Gensler clarified that the SEC had not approved any pending Bitcoin ETFs.

In response to the unauthorized tweet, Gensler confirmed that the SEC's Twitter account was compromised, and the SEC had not approved the listing and trading of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded products. The SEC acknowledged unauthorized access and activity on its Twitter account, stating that those responsible for the breach had been terminated.

Moving forward, the SEC announced its intention to collaborate with law enforcement and government partners to investigate the incident further and determine appropriate actions regarding the unauthorized access and any associated misconduct. While Twitter did not disclose detailed findings from its investigation, speculation on the platform suggested that the attacker may have exploited vulnerabilities in the system to carry out the fraudulent tweet.

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