Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk hacked in Bitcoin scam
Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk hacked in Bitcoin scam. The Twitter accounts of top Politicians, Celebrities technology moguls were compromised by Hackers on Wednesday and millions were syphoned into an unknown bitcoin account.
Account of former US president Barack Obama, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, musician Kanye West and both Uber and Apple also posted similar tweets, all instructing people to send cryptocurrency to the same bitcoin address. The tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address
The owners of these accounts weren’t really the target, rather the hackers used their accounts as bait to lure their followers into sending money to an unknown bitcoin account.
Twitter immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed the tweets posted by the attackers. It also temporarily blocked verified users from tweeting while the company investigated the issue.The tweets were removed throughout the afternoon, shortly after being posted.
Twitter later on said it believes the incident was a “coordinated social engineering attack” that targeted some of its employees with access to internal systems and tools. They were then used to take control of many high-profile and verified accounts and tweet from them.
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