A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday by attackers who used the accounts — some with millions of followers — to spread a cryptocurrency scam. @apple had its account hacked to push the same scam, as well as Amazon co-founder @jeffbezos and Democratic presidential candidate @joebiden.
Many other accounts were quickly hijacked, including @elonmusk. The tweet posted to the Tesla and SpaceX founder’s account simply directed users to send bitcoin to a certain address under the guise that he will “double any payment” — a known cryptocurrency scam technique.
By the time of writing, the blockchain address used on the scam site had already collected 2.8 bitcoin — some $25,700 in today’s currency — and it’s going up by the minute.
BREAKING: Accounts have been hacked to tweet out a fake bitcoin scam which seems to have gathered at least $60,000 so far.
— Jane Lytvynenko (@JaneLytv) July 15, 2020
#BREAKING: There appears to be a major hack underway, targeting numerous prominent accounts and using them to push a crypto scam. Hacked accounts include Bill Gates, Elon Musk, CashApp, Apple, and more. pic.twitter.com/m8wBNp4X1J
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) July 15, 2020
everyone waiting for trump’s account to do the bitcoin tweet pic.twitter.com/8nJqCqbTPb
— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) July 15, 2020
I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19!
All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000!
Only doing this for the next 30 minutes! Enjoy.
— Warren Buffett (@WarrenBuffett) July 15, 2020