The New York Times Presents: ‘The Teenager Who Hacked Twitter’
Producer/Director John Pappas
Reporters Kate Conger and Nathaniel Popper
It seemed like an inside job.
Some of the world’s most famous and powerful people had been hacked on Twitter.
The accounts of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Joe Biden were compromised and taken over by unknown scammers looking to line their digital pockets with Bitcoin.
The stunning attack in July sent Twitter into lockdown and alarmed cybersecurity experts who feared the worst.
“This is too sophisticated for this to just be a Bitcoin scam,” said Nathaniel Popper, a finance and technology reporter for The New York Times. “All of this personal information about the most significant cultural, business and political figures had been penetrated.”
Who was behind this brazen breach of one of the most visible platforms on the internet, and how did they do it?
In a new documentary by The New York Times on FX and Hulu, Popper and Kate Conger, a Times technology reporter, track down some of the hackers who participated in the online scheme.