On Wednesday July 15, Twitter was sent into a meltdown as the official accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and others were hijacked fraudster trying to scam people into sending cryptocurrency bitcoin, in a massive hack.
The list of accounts attacked increased rapidly as more public figures including Joe Biden, Barack Obama and tech giants Uber, Apple, bitcoin specialty firms and many others.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Wiz Khalifa, Apple, Uber and Jeff Bezos all hacked and tweets have been put out from these accounts for people to send money to a Bitcoin address and $113,000 has been sent so far, wow! #Hacked pic.twitter.com/gdGzuMNYZc
— Benue Breed ❄️ (@oyimzy) July 15, 2020
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO addressed the hack in a tweet, saying, “Tough day for us at Twitter.” He added, “We all feel terrible this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”
Twitter disabled the ability to tweet from validated accounts, those with the official blue checkmarks, for about two hours while working on a fix.
— The Hell God (@theeHellGod) July 16, 2020
“Most accounts should be able to Tweet again,” the Twitter support team said in an evening update of the situation. “As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The duplicitous 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. BitTorrent chief executive Justin Sun is offering a $1 million reward for finding the Twitter hackers and bringing them to justice, according to media reports.
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 fake messages that appeared on the accounts of other famous personalities made similar promises of instant riches. As evening arrived, Twitter Support continued to investigate what happened.
We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 16, 2020
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