Someone appears to have hacked the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Kanye West and a dazzling array of other celebrities, business magnates, politicians and other public figures. They even somehow accessed the account of Apple, which has never tweeted before.
The accounts are all posting similar messages, which promise that if you send bitcoin to a certain address, they’ll send double back — a classic scam.
Sure, it seems like an obvious ruse. But people on the internet aren’t particularly bright, and it looks like people have sent at least $100,000 to the address in the scam.
$104,000 has been received at the BTC address involved in the Twitter hack so far. More than 250 transactions so far
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 15, 2020
Tug of War
It’s difficult to believe that tech figures like Musk and Bezos, nevermind public figures like Biden and West, wouldn’t have two-factor authentication enabled on their accounts. That makes the hack doubly impressive, because it means that the attackers somehow figured out not only their credentials but a way to access their text messages as well.
At press time, it appears that Musk is still struggling to control his own account, with earlier messages disappearing even while new ones appear.
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