Famous Twitter accounts hacked by bitcoin scammers

Famous Twitter accounts hacked by bitcoin scammers

Additionally, the accounts of rapper Kanye West and billionaires Mike Bloomberg, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos were also compromised, along with the corporate accounts for Apple, Uber and Cash App.

A Twitter spokesperson directed an inquiry to updates from the Twitter Support account, which posted a message at 5:45 p.m. ET saying, "We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We will update everyone shortly", Twitter Support wrote. According to reports, the hacked tweet was from Twitter Web.

In a sign of the seriousness of the problem, Twitter warned that many of its more than 166 million daily users might be unable to tweet or reset their passwords while the company addressed the security breach.

The alleged hackers appear to be taking over famous Twitter accounts to impersonate the account owners and pretend they're offering a Bitcoin giveaway.

"This is a SCAM, DO NOT participate!"

He said: "I'm feeling generous because of COVID-19".

The Bitcoin address included in the tweets sent from these other prominent accounts is the same as the one above. "You send 0.1 BTC, I send 0.2 BTC back!" "Only going on for the next 30 minutes".

"The accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud", the FBI's San Francisco field office said in a statement.

While Twitter hacks are nothing new - the social network experiences frequent account takeovers - the repeated and singular theme of Wednesday's account takeovers suggest an effort beyond the SIM jacking attack that ensnared Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last August.

The company said it immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed the tweets posted by the attackers.

A version of the scam invited people to click on a link at which they would be exploited. Twitter allegedly deleted its post with a screenshot showing the image of the panel and suspended the account for 12 hours.

This may be how the scammers circumvented the two factor authentication method.

A rep for Twitter told the organization that the issue is being "looked into". U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that Russian Federation used hacks and social media tampering to interfere in that election.

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