NEW YORK — FBI agents investigating the hacking of more than 20 million Twitter accounts have uncovered potential evidence that the suspect could have access a vast number of them, including those belonging to celebrities, police and the media.
Law enforcement officials told The Washington Post on Tuesday that the FBI has obtained information from the social media platform that links one of the suspects to at least 25 accounts that belong to celebrities and news outlets that cover social justice issues.
One of the suspect’s Facebook and Twitter accounts was used by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to promote a campaign in support of a candidate for the city’s top legislative job, the Post reported.
The campaign was later deleted.
Law-enforcement sources told The Post that the account belonged to one of three people identified in a government complaint as suspects in the attack on Twitter, which was carried out last month and was carried in part by a Russian military-intelligence unit.
The complaint was first reported by CNN.
The third person is not believed to be the same person, and is being sought in a separate investigation by the FBI.
The investigation is part of the investigation into Russian election meddling, the source told The Associated Press.
The bureau has been trying to determine the extent to which the suspect had access to Twitter accounts, including a number of the company’s most prominent figures and journalists, as well as their supporters and adversaries.
The information has been obtained by the New York Attorney General’s office, a law-enforcement source told CNN.
Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it has received the information and is in the process of reviewing it.
A spokesperson for the company said in a statement that the company has a rigorous process in place to prevent bots and other malicious activity on our platform.
The company has been working closely with law enforcement and has been actively cooperating with our investigation, we said.