They hacked into the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple, Uber, Kanye Wers, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, among others, to try to scam their followers with crypto currency; unfortunately they are succeeding. In the aforementioned profiles, messages were published that encouraged people to transfer a certain amount into Bitcoin in order to receive a higher amount in return. The posting, of course, included the Bitcoin address as the payment destination. At the time of writing, hackers have obtained more than $110,000, as we can see from Blockchain.
In the case of Elon Musk and Bill Gates, the hackers mentioned that by transferring $1,000 they would give you $2,000 back. However, in Apple, Uber and Jeff Bezos’ publications you could pay any amount and they would “return” you twice as much. Although everyone involved in the hacking reacted quickly and removed the tweets, many people fell for the scam. The hackers’ management continues to increase their income as the minutes pass.
A spokesman for Bill Gates confirmed that the Microsoft co-founder did not send this message on his own initiative. “We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates. This seems to be part of a larger problem that Twitter is facing. Twitter is aware and working to get the account back,” said Teddy Schleifer.
A series of captures (which the social network itself has taken care of deleting from its servers) could indicate that the problem is entirely Twitter’s responsibility. Apparently, the account of an employee of the social network was compromised and it was possible to restore the passwords of those affected. One of the images, in fact, anticipates the attack in a Discord chat. Another option is that there is a rather large security breach on the platform.
And if all the previous disaster was not enough, it is possible that the attack had a variation directed towards accounts with less exposure. The Hacker News reports that some services such as Gemini, Binance, Coinbase, Coindesk and KuCoin, all of which are related to crypto currencies, were also hacked with similar scam messages.
Twitter has finally spoken out, saying they are aware of the problem and are investigating it: “We are aware of a security incident affecting Twitter accounts. We are investigating and taking steps to resolve it. We will update everyone shortly.
In light of the difficult situation, Twitter has decided to suspend all verified accounts, as these are the ones most at risk of being hacked to spread the scam: “You may not be able to tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident”.