Over a dozen high-profile Twitter accounts, including Apple, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, and former president Barack Obama, were apparently hacked on Wednesday and posted tweets telling followers to send bitcoin to a specific address.
One wallet linked to in the tweets had apparently received over 12 bitcoin, worth over $110,000 at the current exchange rate.
Tesla Ceo Elon Musk was the first high-profile account to be hacked, posting a tweet early Wednesday afternoon promising to double any payments sent to the bitcoin address.
Twitter stated at the time they were looking into the situation the company said in a tweet,
“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.”
The Musk tweet was deleted minutes after it was sent, before a second tweet asking for bitcoin was posted from the same account and deleted again. In total, Musk’s account sent at least three bitcoin tweets from a twitter web account and one reply to Bill Gates. The bitcoin-related tweet was Apple’s first ever tweet, although the account had placed ads in the past.
There were other accounts hacked that included New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, musicians Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffet, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, the Cash App corporate account, and Uber’s corporate account.
All hacked accounts on Wednesday were verified. The tweets on Wednesday appeared to have been sent through a web browser accessing Twitter.com, not an app or third-party software.
Around 3:15 PT, Twitter blocked all verified accounts from tweeting in an attempt to gain control. Again, Twitter is working on a solution and therefore an ongoing investigation is in place.
Make no mistake about it, this hack wasn’t bout bitcoin it was about key information. The hackers now that it’s been said to have been an inside job had access to all of these individuals direct messages and accounts. You don’t tweet during a hack, you tweet after you have the information you need one source told The DC Patriot.
It’s strange how the majority of those target were democrats. This is a developing story.
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