A tragedy occured this morning in which some high-profile verified users Twitter accounts were hacked in a bitcoin scam. This includes official accounts such as Elon Musk, Barrack Obama, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West and many other verified users. The scam was about doubling people’s donation when they send money to their scam bitcoin address.
Twitter has blocked access to all these verified user accounts and also user accounts that weren’t affected that are verified as well, to prevent further scams. Twitter says they are still investigating the matter, but in the meantime, all Tweets have been removed from the accounts. One of the tweets from Joe Biden says,
“I am giving back to the community. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”
This was the same sent messages from other verified accounts also, promising to double the sent amount to the sender, and it will last for 30 minutes.
Traces of the Bitcoin wallet in which the tweets included were said to belong to an organization called CryptoForHealth, also the same profile exists on Instagram, and the profile reads “It was us”. According to reports, the web address of the hacker shows it was from cyber attacks and the email address was ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ with a profile name Anothony Elias.
In case you are curious, here are some high-profile Twitter accounts that were hacked:
- US President Barack Obama
- the rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian
- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
- Tesla CEO Elon Musk
- media tycoon Mike Bloomberg
- Later, the Biden Campaign said,
Twitter had “locked down the account within a few minutes of the breach and removed the related tweet”.
A spokesman for Bill Gates said,
“This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing.”
Thought Twitter locked the accounts temporarily to investigate the matter, they later revealed most of the accounts have been restored, so some are still locked.
According to the reports, a Twitter insider is responsible for the hack. Other sources also said the insider was responsible for all this that happened. A source said, “We used a rep that literally done all the work for us.”
Though some sources said the attack aim was to make more money in a short period of time, the Instagram account of the attacker said their money will be going to the charity.