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On Wednesday, numerous high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked to start tweeting out a Bitcoin scam, urging followers to send Bitcoin to an address and have their money doubled.
WARNING: @Gemini's twitter account, along with a number of other crypto twitter accounts, has been hacked. This has resulted in @Gemini, @Coinbase, @Binance, and @Coindesk, tweeting about a scam partnership with CryptoForHealth. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK! These tweets are SCAMS.
— Tyler Winklevoss (@tylerwinklevoss) July 15, 2020
Accounts hacked include Apple’s official account, alongside other major figures such as Tesla’s Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and more. Scam tweets were quickly pinned to gain the most visibility.
yep, this has to be a site-wide hack
no way they’re brute forcing their way into these accounts pic.twitter.com/ehcqKJo5Mk
— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) July 15, 2020
#BREAKING: There appears to be a major hack underway, targeting numerous prominent accounts and using them to push a crypto scam. Hacked accounts include Bill Gates, Elon Musk, CashApp, Apple, and more. pic.twitter.com/m8wBNp4X1J
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) July 15, 2020
Twitter said it was made aware of the situation and said users might not be able to reset their passwords while they investigate.
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
Crypto accounts from @bitcoin, @ripple, @coindesk, @coinbase and @binance were hacked urging people to visit a scam website, according to TechCrunch, which reports the blockchain address has acquired 12.5 bitcoin worth $116,000, and rising, as of writing.
Update: Twitter has temporarily disabled verified accounts (including @iPhoneinCanada) from tweeting, to isolate this crypto scam.