Crypto scammers hacked the Twitter accounts of Apple, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and more
It always pays to be careful on the internet these days, something that a few famous people might want to remember. Earlier today, several high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked and started spreading a cryptocurrency scam. Twitter soon responded by temporarily blocking these verified accounts from sending Tweets.
According to TechCrunch, the cryptocurrency scammers targeted these account as they have millions of followers that can be scammed. The scam Tweet could contain messages promising to double up on any donation and sending it back to those who donate via bitcoin. Sounds too good to be true, but the scammers just need a fraction of these followers to fall for the scam to profit.
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We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
The Twitter accounts that were hacked included those for companies like Apple, Uber, and Wendy's, as well as well-known people like Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and Bill Gates. As a temporary measure to the issue, Twitter took down the scam URL in the tweets and temporarily disabled the accounts from sending tweets. Most accounts should be able to tweet again by now, but if you found yourself unable to then your account may still be affected.
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