Roger Wicker, chairman of the US Senate Trade Committee, asked Twitter for information about an incident on Wednesday that resulted in the hacking of a number of prominent individuals.
“This incident, which illustrates both the need to protect users from fraud and broader concerns about social manipulation and misinformation on the Internet, is of utmost concern to the committee,” Wicker said in a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey.
“We cannot overestimate the problematic nature of this incident – both its consequences and the obvious inability of Twitter’s internal mechanisms to prevent it,” the senator added.
Among the victims of the hack were former US Vice President Joe Biden, ex-President Barack Obama, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, billionaires Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, rapper Kanye West, Apple, Uber other. The authors of the messages in the hacked accounts promised to return the bitcoins sent to them within 30 minutes in double size.