Bitcoin scammers, Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Barack Obama and other famous technology companies executives and many politicians were subjected to a massive hacking attack on Wednesday. Apple, Uber and other businesses were also among the companies affected by these massive attacks.
Such an easy hack of Twitter accounts with millions of followers has raised concerns about whether the company is doing enough to protect the safety of its users. While cryptocurrency scams are not a new problem for Twitter, the scale of Wednesday’s attack is unusual.
“I feel generous because of Covid-19,” says the tweet, which was posted on Elon Musk’s official Twitter account and then deleted. “I will double all BTC payments sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck and stay safe!” sentences included.
Similar tweets were shared on the official Twitter account of Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder. “I’m doubling all payments sent to my BTC address over the next 30 minutes. You send $1,000, I send you $2,000 back”
Gates’ spokesperson confirmed that these tweets were not sent by Bill Gates.
It is currently unknown how the attack was carried out or how many accounts were affected. Twitter said it was investigating the issue but did not know how the accounts that brought together tens of millions of followers were hacked.