Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Kanye West, Apple among others were affected by the hack.
The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creators quite a bit of money.
The chaos began when Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter account was seemingly compromised by a hacker intent on using it to run a bitcoin scam. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ account was also seemingly accessed by the same scammer, who posted a similar message with an identical bitcoin wallet address.
Both accounts continued to post new tweets promoting the scam almost as fast as they were deleted, and Musk’s account, in particular, was still under the control of the hacker as late as 5:56PM ET.
A number of large Twitter accounts—including @binance, @bitcoin, @coinbase, @coindesk, and @ripple began spreading a message through their official Twitter accounts: “We have partnered with CryptoForHealth and are giving back 5000 BTC to the community,” followed by a link
It’s not known who the hackers are or how the attack took place, but emerging information shows that the hackers fully took over the accounts, even changing the associated email addresses to make it more difficult for account owners to regain access.
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