Boston (July 16, 2020) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after the Twitter accounts of several influential individuals were the subject of a massive Twitter hack on Wednesday.


“I’m extremely troubled by this hack of Twitter accounts,” said Senator Markey. “While this scheme appears financially motivated and, as a result, presents a threat to Twitter users, imagine if these bad actors had a different intent to use powerful voices to spread disinformation to potentially interfere with our elections, disrupt the stock market, or upset our international relations. That is why Twitter must fully disclose what happened and what it is doing to ensure this never happens again. This hack also make clear how essential it is that we establish strong cybersecurity standards to protect Americans’ from scams, misinformation, and data theft online.”