On microblogging website Twitter, accounts of several big celebrities has been hacked. Not only did many celebs accounts got hacked, but scammers also asked social media users to send cryptocurrency bitcoins with the help of the hacked accounts. Hacked accounts grew one after another, and accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Uber, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and several bitcoin specialty firms were hacked.
In a tweet, the microblogging service said, "We have come to know about a security incident with Twitter accounts." Twitter said that we are investigating this matter and necessary steps are being taken to fix it. We will keep updating everyone soon". The Biden campaign told AFP that Twitter immediately locked the hacked accounts and fake tweets from hackers were also immediately deleted.
Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.
We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.
💙 to our teammates working hard to make this right.
— jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
The Twitter support team said in a tweet, "You may not be able to reset your account password or tweet until the address of this hacking event is detected." After the accounts were hacked, scammers tweeted that in the next half hour, if a user sends $1000 in bitcoins, they will be sent double the price of cryptocurrencies. The founder of the Gemini Cryptocurrency Exchange said, "This is a scam, don't participate in it."
Blockchain.com, a site that monitors thousands of dollars worth of transfer cryptocurrencies, reported that around 12.58 emails sent by bitcoin scammers were sent to addresses and valued at $116,000 (about Rs 87.2 lakh). In almost every tweet, scammers wrote that account holders are giving bitcoins to their followers and for this they have to send bitcoins to the given address. Many tweets also asked users to click on the given link.