Google temporarily no longer places Twitter in a prominent place in the search results. The company is taking this measure in response to the major hack of Twitter accounts on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, a spokesman for Google confirms to NU.nl.
It’s about the so-called carousel in the search results: a prominent place that is used to give extra attention to news items or videos, for example. Twitter also had blocks specially dedicated to the site.
A Google spokesperson said that this is a temporary measure in response to the security incident at Twitter. Google is monitoring the situation and expects to restore the carousel eventually, said the spokesperson.
Twitter accounts and other site content can still be seen in the regular overview of Google search results.
Hackers managed to get 100,000 euros in bitcoins
When attacking Twitter accounts, hackers targeted about one hundred and thirty profiles, according to Twitter. In a number of cases, the hackers managed to gain access to the account. Fraudulent tweets were sent, among others, via the profiles of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
The messages said that an amount transferred to a bitcoin address would be returned twice. In this way, the attackers managed to get around 100,000 euros in bitcoins for the conversion.