Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West ‘s, and more account got hacked in Bitcoin scam. According to Twitter, it was the result of a “coordinated social engineering attack.
The Twitter accounts of high profile companies as well as individuals have been undermined in the most ever confounding and widespread hack the twitter where all the tweets have targeted promoting a bitcoin scam that seems to be earning a considerable amount of money.
Twitter says that owners’ access won’t restore until twitter can do so securely.
In this Bitcoin scam the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and other popular entertainers, tech executives, politicians, athletes, and celebrities on Wednesday hacked at large-scale. Some famous brands like Uber, Apple, and others were also become a target of this sprawling hack, that twitter later ascribed to an engineering attack.
The accounts with a large number of supporters appeared to have been compromised that raised the worries if the company is doing enough to secure the accounts for its users or not. However, even the cryptocurrency scam is not a new issue with Twitter but Wednesday’s hacking attack is uncommon.
Tweet like this appeared, “I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19,” a now-deleted tweet from Musk’s account reads. “I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!”
Similar tweets appeared sending from the Twitter account of Gates, “I am doubling all payments sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000”. Though, later it was removed, where the Bill Gates’s spokesperson ensured that this tweet wasn’t from the billionaire.
A similar message shared by Gates and Musk was tweeted from the account of Obama. This tweet was sent to his 120 million followers where the tweet said that Obama will give the back because of the current novel coronavirus situations. Then he would make all bitcoin double in the next 30 minutes.
Twitter didn’t handle the hack for the first two hours, though it starts deleting tweets of screenshots.
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