- As a precautionary measure, all Twitter accounts affected by the hack are temporarily disabled.
- The Founder of Tron, Justin Sun, has reappeared on Twitter using an alternative account.
- Mr. Sun has offered a $1 Million reward on any information leading to the apprehension of the hackers.
The team at Twitter has disabled all accounts affected by the hack on the social media platform earlier today. Furthermore, the functions of verified accounts have also been limited. These actions by the team at Twitter, are part of precautionary measures as they attempt to get to the root of the hack that has caused shockwaves in the technology industry. The team at Twitter provided the following explanation of the hack.
We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.
We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.
Once we became aware of the incident, we immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed Tweets posted by the attackers.
Tron’s Justin Sun Reappears on Twitter
The Founder and CEO of Tron, Justin Sun, had his @JustinSunTron account compromised by the hack. As a result, it has been disabled by Twitter as they proceed with investigations.
However, Justin Sun has since reappeared on Twitter using an alternative account on the platform.
Justin Sun reached out to the Tron community via his @sunyuchentron Twitter account. He requested that members of the Tron community interact with him through this account as the team at Twitter resolves the issue. Below is the Tweet by Mr. Sun using his alternative Twitter account.
My account @justinsuntron is not available since #twitter hack. @TwitterSupport will give it back once they resolved everything. So talk to me on @sunyuchentron instead for now 😊
— 孙宇晨🌞 (@sunyuchentron) July 16, 2020
To note is that the Twitter username Mr. Sun is using looks more of a personal account. This is based on the fact that he had once explained that his Chinese name meant ‘daybreak of the whole universe’ and its pronunciation resembled ‘your chain’ (Yu Chen). Mr. Sun shared this via the following Tweet in April.
My Chinese name "宇晨" means "daybreak of the whole universe" and its pronunciation resembles "your chain". 😆
— Justin Sun 🅣🌞 (@justinsuntron) April 2, 2020
Justin Sun Offers $1 Million for Information Leading to the Arrest of the Hackers
Before reappearing on Twitter, Justin Sun, had announced that he was offering a $1 Million Reward for any information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the hackers responsible for the Twitter hack. Mr. Sun did so via the @BitTorrent Twitter account which announced the bounty as follows.
TRON Founder & CEO of @BitTorrent, Justin Sun is putting out a Bounty for the hackers in the amount of $1 million. He will personally pay those who successfully track down, and provide evidence for bringing to justice, the hackers/people behind this hack affecting our community.