The social networking giant Twitter witnessed a major breach with prominent people getting hacked on Wednesday late at night. The list of hacked accounts includes Elon Musk, Apple, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian, Joe Biden, and the list goes on. All these accounts were used to solicit digital currency.
NEW: Hackers take over Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and many more. https://t.co/UGXEkYunHb
— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) July 15, 2020
The scam posted the tweets on behalf of the accounts and pronounced a Bitcoin Wallet address. All the tweets promised of sending back double the amount of BTC if a user sends a certain amount to the designated wallet first! The scam appeared to happen in two rounds. When the tweets were deleted from Gates’ and Musk’s accounts, the scammers posted the tweet for the second time.
To make it look genuine the scammers tweeted “You know I living giving back to my community. I’m doubling all BTC payments sent to my address. You send $1,000 and I will send $2,000 back! Tell your family & friends. Only going on for 30 minutes” from Elon Musk’s account. Although scams like this are very common on the internet, it is quite concerning how the scammers gained access to these high profiles.
TRON Founder & CEO of @BitTorrent, Justin Sun is putting out a Bounty for the hackers in the amount of $1 million.
He will personally pay those who successfully track down, and provide evidence for bringing to justice, the hackers/people behind this hack affecting our community.
— BitTorrent (@BitTorrent) July 15, 2020
Justin Sun, Tron found and CEO of BitTorrent has announced a sum of $1 million. BitTorrent’s official Twitter account tweeted that Justin is putting out a bounty for the hackers in the amount of $1 million. The tweet further added that Justin will personally pay those who successfully track down, and provide evidence for bringing to justice, the hackers behind this hack affecting the community.
We also limited functionality for a much larger group of accounts, like all verified accounts (even those with no evidence of being compromised), while we continue to fully investigate this.
— Support (@Support) July 16, 2020
Tough day for us at Twitter. 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.
???? to our teammates working hard to make this right.
— jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
Recently, the CEO of Twitter responded saying that it was a tough day for Twitter. All the Twitter employees are diagnosing and will share everything they can after getting a complete understanding of what exactly happened. Later, Twitter also stopped the ability to send tweets to some of the accounts as they were trying to address the incident. They further tweeted that they have locked accounts that were compromised and will only restore the access to owner only when they can do surely. Stay tuned with us for more Twitter coverage!