Twitter accounts of Apple, Musk, Gates, others hit in major hack

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Twitter accounts of Apple, Musk, Gates, others hit in major hack


SAN FRANCISCO: The official Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and others were hijacked on Wednesday by scammers trying to dupe people into sending cryptocurrency bitcoin, in a massive hack.
The list of accounts commandeered simultaneously grew rapidly to include Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Uber, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, bitcoin specialty firms and many others.
“We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter,” the messaging service said in a tweet.
“We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.”
The Biden campaign told AFP that Twitter locked down the hacked account quickly and removed the bogus tweet.
It appeared that Twitter had disabled the ability to tweet from validated accounts, those with the official blue checkmarks.
“You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident,” Twitter’s support team said in a post.
The posts, which were largely deleted, were fired off from the array of high-profile accounts telling people they had 30 minutes to send $1,000 in bitcoin in order to be sent back twice as much.
“This is a SCAM, DO NOT participate!” Gemini cryptocurrency exchange co-founder Cameron Winklevoss warned from his official account on Twitter.
“This is the same attack/takeover that other major crypto twitter accounts are experiencing. Be vigilant!”
The site Blockchain.com, which monitors transactions made in cryptocurrencies, said a total of 12.58 bitcoins, worth almost $116,000, had been sent to the email addresses mentioned in the fraudulent tweets.
The tweet that appeared on Musk’s Twitter feed said, “Happy Wednesday! I am giving back Bitcoin to all of my followers. I am doubling all payments sent to the Bitcoin address below. You send 0.1 BTC, I send 0.2 BTC back!”
It added that the offer was “only going on for 30 minutes.”
The fake messages that appeared on the accounts of other famous personalities made similar promises of instant riches.
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