Whale Alert, a popular service dedicated to tracking major crypto-currency transactions, is negatively affected by Twitter’s anti-hacking measures.
In a July 16 tweet, Whale Alert said that the cryptobot can no longer tweet any transactions, either automatically or manually „due to anti-hacking measures taken by Twitter.
Whale Alert noted that the posts are still available on its Telegram channel, and expressed hope that Twitter would soon resolve the problem.
Twitter users respond to hacking
Whale Alert told Cointelegraph that they expect it to be a few days before publication on the platform returns to normal:
„Last night’s hack is the biggest security breach for Twitter to date and disabling the APIs is a drastic measure to prevent further damage. They’re probably checking and testing everything thoroughly to make sure this doesn’t happen again, so we expect it to last at least a few days and get everything back online one system at a time.
The largest channel to connect to the cryptosystem community
Whale Alert says that Twitter is the main channel for distributing data on crypto transfers. Whale Alert said the service does not rely on Twitter for revenue.
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Whale Alert’s Twitter account has much more exposure than its Telegram channel. As of this writing, Whale Alert’s Twitter account has over 280,000 followers, while the Telegram channel has 36,000 subscribers.
After joining Twitter in September 2018, Whale Alert has established itself as one of the largest sources of information on crypto transactions. By posting large, suspicious crypto currency transactions in real time, Whale Alert is known to contribute to investigations involving hacks from major global crypto currency exchanges. The Whale Alert Telegram channel has been in existence since April 2019.
The Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Kanye West and Bill Gates were hacked by Bitcoin thief
„The biggest hacking incident“
On July 15, Twitter suffered a massive attack that compromised high-profile Twitter accounts like those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to offer fake Bitcoin (BTC) gifts. Major crypto accounts on Twitter have also been hacked, including accounts involving the world’s largest crypto exchanges such as Binance, Coinbase, Gemini and Bitfinex.
After the attack, which quickly became known as the largest hacking incident, Twitter took significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools. Hackers apparently collected large amounts of Immediate Edge in the hack, as one of the wallets involved in the attack has collected over 12 BTC (USD 110,000) so far. Tron CEO Justin Sun subsequently promised to give a $1 million reward to those who succeed in tracking down the hackers.