Coordinated Twitter Hack Hits Major US Twitter accounts. Let’s see what’s happening.
The world’s most high-profile business leaders, influencers and politicians were affected by
the attack, which first hit earlyn Wednesd oay afternoon and continued for several hours.
The most attractive thing behind this incident is that it only targeted on the accounts, which between them have hundreds of millions of followers, posted scam links and messages directing people to send bitcoin to particular wallets, with the promise that donations would be matched.
As reported, Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are among many prominent US figures targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam.
And also, it affected the official accounts of politicians like former US President Barack
Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and companies like Apple, Uber and
half dozen cryptocurrency last night.
The most common tweet which was shown on those twitter accounts is that asking money
to the BTC address, they have provided with the tweet with the promise of sending the
money back with making it doubled.
What does Elon Musk think about this?
On the official account of Mr. Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX chief, it appeared that “I’m
feeling generous because of Covid-19, I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address
for next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!”.
Same like Musk’s, a similar tweet was shown through the Twitter account belonging to
Gates, the billionaire philanthropist, and Microsoft co-founder. “I am doubling all payments
sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000”.
And also, the tweet from Uber’s account said, “Due to Covid-19, we are giving back over
$10,000,000 in Bitcoin! All payments sent to our address below will be sent back doubled”
Moreover, some of the accounts, including Gemini, Binance, and Kucoin were used to post
fake announcements that they had partnered with “CryptoForHealth” and included a link to
a website, while other accounts tweeted links to a “Bitcoin”.
Concerning the hacking attack, the twitter said that it was a “coordinated” attack targeting
its employees “with access to internal systems and tools”.
“We know they [the hackers] used this access to take control of many highly-visible
(including verified) accounts Tweet on their behalf,” the company said in a series of tweets.
Furthermore, it declared that “significant steps” were taken to limit access to such an internal system and tools while the company’s investigation was ongoing.
Meanwhile, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted “Tough day for us at Twitter. We
all feel terrible this happened.”
However, declaring a statement on a tweet Apple said that “We are giving back to our
community. We support Bitcoin and we believe you should too!”
And also, those responsible appear to have set up an Instagram account, last night
posting on the stories function that “It was a charity attack and Your money will find its way to the right place.”
The main thing is that the message appeared on CryptoForHealth’s Instagram Stories
too. The question then is that who owns those accounts and whether the names and email
addresses behind them can be linked to real people.
The major question is how the hackers chose which accounts to be targeted, or
whether high-profile figures such as Donald Trump are given extra protection.
And it is doubtful about whether the rest of the data is safe, or whether private messages and personal details attached to the accounts, which were subjected to the scam.
After all, the attackers did not appear to get huge amounts of money from the scam. There
will likely be some fears that more could be to come.