Crypto scammers have hacked the accounts of several high profile individuals including Joe Biden, Obama, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates.
Twitter support is apparently aware of the issue and tweeted “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.”
You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
They got the former president… pic.twitter.com/1KKkcoSWYE
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 15, 2020
Per NYMag, The hack is a significant breach of a major tech company’s privacy systems, and expanded beyond its initial wave of billionaires, cryptocurrency figures, and politicians to include influencers (MrBeast), major companies (Apple, Cash App, Wendy’s), athletes (Floyd Mayweather), and joke accounts (God). According to several tech reporters following the breach, the plan appears to be working:
Jeff Bezos' account. Kanye West's. More than $100K stolen so far. This is the most serious attack on Twitter's security systems in the history of the company and it is still fully underway.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) July 15, 2020
This Twitter hack is totally unprecedented. Major accounts of companies & ppl affected. More than $90K already sent to the BTC address. It's looking more and more likely that someone, or a group, got access to admin rights for the whole platform somehow. https://t.co/37IlCimQ0u
— Nick Statt (@nickstatt) July 15, 2020
It's an actual wallet address and there are transactions happening. It's unclear if these transactions are legit. Scammers often seed their own scams to give them the appearance of authenticity. https://t.co/GUHEDaKNxu pic.twitter.com/xfhl3817xr
— the first rock NFT (@RMac18) July 15, 2020
Yahoo reports Hackers promoting crypto scams took over a number of high-profile Twitter accounts Wednesday, including Bill Gates, Kanye West and Elon Musk, who has been a frequent target of would-be crypto scammers. Joe Biden’s account was also briefly taken over, as was Barack Obama’s. Accounts belonging to Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos and a number of other celebrities and public figures were also hit.
The source of the attack wasn’t immediately clear, but the hackers targeted a wide range of influential accounts with the scam, which aimed to trick users into sending Bitcoin to the hackers.
The attacks appeared to be coordinated, with similar messages shared on multiple accounts. Musk’s account later referenced tweets from Gates. “Me and my brother Bill Gates are returning the favor today! Stay safe out there!”