In the wee hours of Wednesday, a few high-profile Twitter handles were hacked to proceed with the Bitcoin scam. The celebrities and renowned personalities who became victims of this cyber attack include- Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian West, Wiz Khalifa, Bill Gates, MrBeast, Barack Obama, CashApp, Wendy’s, Warren Buffett, Mike Bloomberg, and Uber.
The accounts of these personalities were targeted to update a promotional message claiming to double the bitcoin amount. Experts say this is one of the known cryptocurrency scam tricks.
Before hitting these high-profile accounts, the hackers attacked cryptocurrency-oriented accounts. The beginning wave of scam affected accounts, including- Ripple, Bitcoin, Binance, and Coinbase. A message claiming to give bitcoin currency was updated on these accounts. The message was- “We have partnered with CryptoForHealth and are giving back 5000 BTC to the community,” Source: Twitter. The message was followed up by a link to take people to the scam destination.
Soon, the link was pulled offline after a few accounts reported it as a scam. Chief Executive of Namesilo, Kristaps Ronka, told TechCrunch that the scammers suspended the domain after receiving the first report.
To this, Twitter addressed the issue and wrote- “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.” Source: Twitter.
Twitter posted this update at 2:45 P.M.
The hackers uploaded a message via Apple’s official account, stating- “We are giving back to our community. We support Bitcoin, and we believe you should too! All Bitcoin sent to our address below will be sent back to you doubled! Only going on for the next 30 minutes.” The scamming link followed the update. Source: Twitter.
Experts say that the scam has been managed and ran by several accounts and not through one.
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