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Twitter Hack- Hackers Viewed Private Messages of 36 Accounts; Targeted 130 Accounts

The hackers accessed 36 direct messaging inboxes, including one for an elected official in the Netherlands, Twitter said.

The hackers who took over the accounts of around 130 people last week in an apparent bitcoin scam were able to access direct messages, Twitter said on Wednesday. 

It has not disclosed who they belonged to beyond saying one was owned by an elected official in the Netherlands.It is not clear how many of the accounts overlap with the 45 that tweeted a Bitcoin scam.

Twitter has said a total of 130 accounts were targeted in the attack, which exposed personal information including email addresses and telephone numbers.

An unnamed Dutch politician was among 36 Twitter Inc. users who had their direct messages accessed in a high-profile hacking attack last week, the company said Wednesday.

Last week, his profile image was replaced with that of a cartoon of a black man, and his account's background image was changed to that of the Moroccan flag.

On 16 July, the accounts of several high profile business leaders, celebrities and politicians accounts posted a bogus get-rich-quick scheme, including:

It is believed victims sent about $120,000 (£93,600) in Bitcoin to the perpetrators, and the sum would have been larger if a crypto-currency exchange had not blocked further transfers.

It previously revealed that eight non-verified accounts had all of their Twitter data downloaded, including DMs. The firm has not said if any of these coincide with the ones whose DM inboxes were looked at.

The social network may reveal more about the incident when it posts its latest financial results before the bell this Thursday.

The US Senate Commerce Committee has also demanded Twitter brief it about the wider incident by 23 July.

The senior Republican on the House of Representatives' Judiciary committee has also called on its chair to ask Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey to attend a separate hearing on Monday, at which Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon's chief executives are already scheduled to give testimony.

However, political watchers say it is unlikely that a formal invitation will be made as the focus of that event is anti-competitive behaviour, and Twitter is a much smaller company than the others.

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