Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Musk, Gates and others hacked in Bitcoin rip-off

New York, July 16

Several outstanding Twitter accounts, together with these of former US president Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, had been hacked apparently to advertise a Bitcoin rip-off in what the microblogging web site believes to be a “coordinated social engineering attack”.

The account of former US vice-president Joe Biden, who’s the present Democratic Party presidential candidate within the November election, was additionally hacked.

“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,” Twitter’s help workforce stated on Wednesday.

The attackers posted tweets that appeared to advertise a cryptocurrency rip-off.

The pretend tweets supplied to ship USD 2,000 for each USD 1,000 despatched to an nameless Bitcoin tackle.

Bitcoin is a well-liked automobile for any such rip-off as a result of as soon as a sufferer sends cash, the design of Bitcoin, with no establishment in cost, makes it basically unimaginable to recuperate the funds, The New York Times report stated.

The accounts, together with these of Obama, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Warren Buffett, Bezos and Mike Bloomberg, posted comparable tweets soliciting donations by way of Bitcoin to their verified profiles on Wednesday, CNN reported.

The posts all included the tackle of the identical bitcoin pockets, which has seen as a lot as USD 112,000 pour into it over the previous few hours. It is unclear if this cash got here from unsuspecting customers or the scammers themselves, The Hill reported.

“Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” Gates’ tweet stated, promising to double all funds to a Bitcoin tackle for the subsequent 30 minutes. All the tweets had been subsequently deleted.

“Once we became aware of the incident, we immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed Tweets posted by the attackers,” Twitter stated.

“We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely.”

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief government, stated in a submit on Wednesday evening that it was a “tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible that this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened,” The New York occasions reported.

A spokesperson for Biden’s marketing campaign advised The Hill that Twitter locked down the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s account and eliminated the tweet “immediately following the breach”. PTI

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