Twitter accounts of Biden, Musk and other prominent figures apparently hacked in bitcoin scam

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Twitter accounts of Biden, Musk and other prominent figures apparently hacked in bitcoin scam

July 15, 2020 Syndicated 0

The Twitter accounts of major public figures and corporations, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Apple appear to have been hacked as part of a bitcoin scam Wednesday. Twitter said it was looking into the situation.

The apparently compromised accounts, which count tens of millions of followers, sent a series of tweets proposing a classic scam: followers were told that if they transferred cryptocurrency to a specific bitcoin wallet, they would receive double the money in return.

Twitter has said it is looking into the possible hacking of the accounts of Joe Biden and other prominent figures. Photograph: Twitter

Other compromised accounts include those of Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg, Uber, and a number of cryptocurrency exchanges or organizations.

The messages included the address of a bitcoin wallet whose balance grew rapidly to more than 11 BTC (more than $100,000) as the scam spread. Tweets with similar messages were repeatedly deleted and re-posted by some of the compromised accounts over the course of Wednesday afternoon.

Uber confirmed that it had been “hit by a scammer” in a tweet. The company said it was “working directly with @Twitter” to figure out what happened.”

More details soon …

 

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