Twitter Bitcoin hack: Kanye West, Elon Musk and Bill Gates all have accounts HACKED by scammers who swindle £93,000
SOME of the world’s richest and most powerful people have been targeted by Bitcoin scammers who swindled hundreds of victims out of £93,000.
Elon Musk’s was one of the high profile Twitter accounts that was hacked[/caption]
Bill Gates’ account also tweeted out the message[/caption]
The accounts urged people to send $1,000 (£794) cryptocurrency Bitcoin to an online account.
Users were promised their money would then be doubled and returned to them.
The message read: “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.”
The address linked to the scam appears to have received more than 12.86 BTC, or roughly £93,500 so far.
The tech-savvy thieves also managed to hack the world’s richest man, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, along with the second richest, ex-Microsoft chief Gates, and the fourth wealthiest, investor Warren Buffet.
They also targeted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama, who has more than 120million followers.
Huge corporations Apple and Uber were also compromised.
Twitter took the incredible step of temporarily blocking all verified accounts from tweeting for a short while and shares fell nearly four per cent.
Twitter users around the world reported issues with the in the hours after the attack.
But the company has now confirmed “most accounts” are able to tweet again – although they added that functionality “may come and go”.
The company’s CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted: “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.”
Kanye West’s account was hacked twice in the space of an hour with the same message posted.
Most of the tweets were deleted within a number of minutes, but many had been retweeted thousands of times.
The scale suggests crooks were able to totally bypass Twitter’s security.
Twitter later revealed some of its employees with access to internal systems had been targeted by a “coordinated social engineering attack”.
The term usually means tricking someone into handing over confidential information.
But two people taking credit for the attack claimed that they had paid a Twitter insider to carry it out for them, Motherboard reports.
One of the unnamed sources told the site: “We used a rep that literally done all the work for us.”
Sun Online has contacted Twitter for comment on the insider job claims.
Screenshots that appeared to show a Twitter admin panel circulated online after the breach.
The panel shows details of a user’s account and gives the admin power to suspend or grant “protected” status.
The panel also shows functions like “trends blacklist” and “search blacklist” that suggest Twitter is able to limit how easily an account’s tweets appear across the site.
Reports circulating online also suggest the hackers may have panicked and given the game away by transferring their ill-gotten gains into another account where they could be traced.
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A Twitter spokesperson said: “We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.
“We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and tweet on their behalf
“We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.”
Former US President Barack Obama’s account was also compromised[/caption]
Kanye West’s account tweeted out the message about Bitcoin[/caption]
Likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s account was reportedly also targeted[/caption]
The world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, had his account hit[/caption]
The world’s fourth richest man Warren Buffet was also targeted[/caption]