Many High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked In Bitcoin Scam: Joe Biden, Apple, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, & Others

TechCrunch reports:

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.