A massive bitcoin scam rocked Twitter, affecting blue-ticked accounts of big companies and political and cultural personalities, including those of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber and many more.
An unprecedented hacker attack affected Twitter, which, starting with the accounts of Elon Musk and Bill Gates, targeted a large number of verified accounts.
Tweets with bitcoin scam texts appeared on hacked pages, urging users to send money to the specified address.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a statement that it is aware of the hacker attack affecting high-profile twitter accounts and urged the public not to fall victim to the cryptocurrency scam?
Soon after an imposed earlier limitation on tweeting for verified Twitter accounts was lifted, Twitter announced that, as the investigation into the incident is ongoing, most users should again be able to tweet and reset passwords.
After the initial scam address was reportedly blocked by Twitter, the alleged new one was first posted in the account of Kim Kardashian, when it appeared to have been hacked.
Among those attacked were the Twitter pages of companies, politicians and artists, as well as thousands of ordinary Twitter users.
The top-list of those affected by the attack includes Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Apple, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Uber, Jeff Bezos and many others.
Some users shared screenshots alleging that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s account was also hacked. The Twitter accounts of Apple and Kanye West were hacked after those of Bill Gates and Elon Musk.
The account of Joe Biden was hijacked, along with the accounts of Warren Buffet and Mike Bloomberg. Responding to the hack, Biden’s campaign announced that the account was “locked down” immediately after the scam tweet appeared.
All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for 30 minutes. The tweet parade then claimed that thousands of dollars had already been sent.
Twitter users immediately raised concerns that Musk’s account had been hacked, warning others not to send money to the given address and recalling other blue-ticked accounts posting the same call.
Twitter spokeswoman Aly Pavela said the company was looking into the issue and would have more to say later, cited by NBC News.
Due to the attack that spanned multiple verified accounts, Twitter shares plummeted, according to trading data shared in social media.
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