Twitter accounts of large companies, politicians and celebrities hacked for cryptocurrency fraud

Twitter accounts of large companies, politicians and celebrities hacked for cryptocurrency fraud

Twitter accounts of various companies and individuals have been hacked in order to conduct fraudulent transactions with bitcoins. Fraudsters publish the addresses of cryptocurrency wallets in verified accounts, offering to double any incoming payment. Among the victims are Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, as well as Apple, Uber and others.

It all started with the hacking of Elon Musk’s account, in which the first message appeared with a proposal to double the payment in bitcoins entering a special wallet. A little later, a similar message appeared on the page of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and even the wallet address was the same that was previously “lit up” in Elon Musk’s account. For a while, new fraudulent tweets appeared in each of the mentioned accounts with a high frequency. Later, a spokesman for Bill Gates confirmed that the publications appeared as a result of a hacked account.

The first tweets were soon followed by a second wave of similar publications. Messages were posted on the official pages of former US President Barack Obama, US presidential candidate Joe Biden, billionaire and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, rapper Kanye West, as well as Apple and Uber accounts.

It is unclear how widespread the attack is, but it appears to be affecting the accounts of various large companies, politicians, and celebrities. This may mean that the hackers managed to find a serious vulnerability in the authorization mechanism on Twitter, or someone was able to gain access to the administrative privileges of a social network employee.

Twitter acknowledged the existence of a large-scale problem, saying that an investigation into the incident is currently underway. Later, the technical support of the social network wrote a message in which it was said about a temporary ban on the publication of tweets and changing passwords for verified accounts.

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