Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Apple, Bill Gates & Other Major Twitter Accounts Hacked In Bitcoin Scam

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source: Business Insider/ Forbes

Official accounts of major companies and figures such as Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Apple, Uber, Elon Musk and more were compromised in one of the most widespread hacks on Twitter, all for a Bitcoin scam.

Among other public figures whose accounts were hacked are Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Floyd Mayweather, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet and Wiz Khalifa.

The chaos started when Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter account was seen compromised in a Bitcoin scam. It followed with Bill Gates tweeting something similar.

source: The Verge
source: Gizmodo

Although the scammers appear to be using different bitcoin wallets, the address being used on Musk and Gates tweets were the same and have received around USD59,000 worth of bitcoin, according to Gizmodo.

Then, other verified accounts of prominent figures started tweeting about the “donation” with the same bitcoin wallet address, seemingly compromised by the same hackers.

Twitter released a series of tweets updating the situation and how their team is handling it. It has said that this was a coordinated attack by people who have targeted some of their employees who have access to the company’s internal tools.

“We know [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf,” the company tweeted.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also shared his thoughts on the hackfest, saying, “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.”

Apart from confirming that employees’ tools were used to hack the accounts, there’s still no answer as to how the scammers got them.

Earlier, Twitter took action by blocking new tweets from every verified user whether they were compromised or not, and locking all compromised accounts until they figured out what was happening.

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