One of the largest social media accounts hacks ever took place around 10.00 PM EAT when prominent accounts were compromised with the hacker pumping a bitcoin giveaway scam associated with the ‘Crypto For Health’ organization.
The Twitter takeover went on for several hours before the situation was arrested. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin have already been stolen following the Twitter hack.
Below is a list of all the high-profile and prominent accounts that got got hijacked in rapid succession:
It took a while before Twitter deleted the pinned messages and about three hours before the accounts were restored to full functionality.
However the hacker was back again for a second and third round of attack with messages which read:
“I’m giving back to the community.
All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you send $1, 000, I will send back $2, 000.
Only doing this for 30 minutes
The hacked accounts collectively had over 140 million followers.
Twitter has put out a statement and said the hacker apparently leveraged an internal admin tool to gain access to all these high-profile accounts via a coordinated social engineering attack on employees who gave the hacker access to the tools.
We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.
Prominent and recognized authorities and media outlets took to Twitter to express their opinions on the hack which led to Bitcoin becoming a top-trending topic in the United States and other parts of the world.
JUST IN: Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are among the high-profile social media accounts apparently hacked to promote a Bitcoin scam https://t.co/QKOwgcQA7q
The Twitter accounts of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and several others were compromised and sent out tweets on Wednesday asking for Bitcoin, promising to “double all payments." https://t.co/JNF8a2QNr4
The crypto community has reacted with mixed feelings regarding the hack with some one side expressing positive sentiments towards greater popularization of bitcoin while others see it as bad publicity for bitcoin.
The recent twitter hack of Apple, Musk, and Gates is straight out of every blockchain talk I have given about the value of #blockchain and hardware keys. Its time for twitter to adopt blockchain, in the mean time #voice already uses blockchain tech!
Crypto exchanges have already gone ahead and started blacklisting the accounts used siphon money from unsuspecting victims.
Earlier today, Twitter accounts were hijacked in an attempt to trick individuals into sending bitcoin to addresses owned by the attackers. @Gemini immediately added these addresses to our blocklist to prevent our customers from inadvertently falling victim to this scam. pic.twitter.com/4CRqZiOPRX
.@OKEx has instantly added the hackers addresses to our blocklist, and will block all transactions between our platform and these addresses. #TwitterHacked We're in this together, and endeavour to prevent our users from falling to the scam.