Twitter accounts belonging to some of the world’s most powerful people were hacked on July 16, and the list of those stung by a bitcoin scam is impressive.
Twitter admin was hacked, and access to important accounts was gained without using their passwords. The scam netted the hackers more than $100,000 and was transferred from Twitter accounts belonging to a past president, a current presidential candidate, a prime minister, and the CEO of Tesla and Space X, Microsoft’s CEO, and others.
The number of accounts affected has not been ascertained yet, as more details are emerging.
Early reports indicate that they include rapper Kanye West, and the corporate accounts of Apple and Uber, in addition to former President Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, reported Breitbart.
Kanye West and Jeff Bezos have now also been hacked. pic.twitter.com/IwR0x9DYeZ
— Mike Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) July 15, 2020
The scam the hackers used promised the user would benefit from billionaire philanthropy, and anything they paid into the bitcoin wallet would be doubled.
The unknown hackers obtained the accounts of some of the world’s wealthiest people, and the scam Twitter message users received was: “I am doubling all payments sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes. You send $1,000. I send you back $2,000.”
Many on Twitter fell for the scam, and according to the blockchain that tracks bitcoin, the wallet was fed $110,000.
Twitter private messages from these hacked accounts may also have fallen into the hands of unknown people.
Following the disclosure of the scam, within hours, Twitter stock reportedly began a downward slide.
“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,” said an official Twitter account.
All verified Twitter accounts, known as “blue check” accounts were temporarily locked in response to the hack. Those with Twitter accounts not locked soon began to celebrate, boasting they were still able to send 280-character messages.
Blue checks have no voice WHAT A DAY TO BE ALIVE!!!! pic.twitter.com/zgYRkJQywT
— LemonQ (@LemonQ20456168) July 15, 2020
when the blue checks can’t tweet pic.twitter.com/VQKDqpKHiq
— Benjamin Page (@Benapage) July 15, 2020
At 5:51 p.m. PT, Twitter Support tweeted, “Most accounts should be able to Tweet again. 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.”