Twitter hacked: Obama, Biden, Gates, Elon Musk’s accounts breached in Bitcoin scam

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and others Twitter hacked in cryptocurrency scam

In an unprecedented security breach, late on Wednesday night Twitter accounts of prominent personalities including former US President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates were hacked.

These accounts, along with those of other notable US personalities including Warren Buffet, Kim Kardashian, Kayne West fell prey to a bitcoin or crypto-currency related scam.

The scamsters posted tweets on behalf of these personalities and stated a Bitcoin wallet address with the promise of sending back double the amount of BTC if a user sends a certain amount to the designated wallet. These tweets, essentially fake, offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a specified bitcoin address.

We don’t know how the hack happened or even to what extent Twitter’s own systems may have been compromised. The account takeovers appear to have subsided, but new scam tweets were posting to verified accounts on a regular basis starting shortly after 4PM ET and lasting more than two hours. Twitter acknowledged the situation after more than an hour of silence, writing on its support account at 5:45PM ET, “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 company also took the unprecedented measure of preventing verified accounts from tweeting at all starting sometime around 6PM ET. This would seem to be the first time Twitter has ever done this in the company’s history. Twitter updated its stance on limiting tweets at 7:18PM ET, writing, “We’re continuing to limit the ability to Tweet, reset your password, and some other account functionalities while we look into this. Thanks for your patience.” At 8:41PM ET, Twitter said “most” verified accounts should be able to tweet, adding, “As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wrote, “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.” Product chief Kayvon Beykpour also released a public statement on his personal account, writing, “Our investigation into the security incident is still ongoing but we’ll be posting updates from @TwitterSupport with more detail soon. In the meantime I just wanted to say that I’m really sorry for the disruption and frustration this incident has caused our customers.”

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