A series of high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked on Wednesday, with some of the platform’s top voices, including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama, billionaire Elon Musk, reality television show star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West, among many others.
Nearly two hours after the first wave of hacks, the cause of the breach had not yet been made public. In a sign of the seriousness of the problem, Twitter took the extraordinary step of preventing at least some verified accounts from publishing messages altogether.
It was not clear whether all verified users were affected but, if they were, it would have a huge impact on the platform and its users. Verified users include celebrities, journalists, and news agencies as well as governments, politicians, heads of state, and emergency services.