Twitter accounts belonging to senior US politicians, tech leaders apparently hacked

Twitter accounts belonging to senior US politicians, tech leaders apparently hacked

Twitter accounts belonging to senior US politicians, tech leaders apparently hacked

If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000.

Almost two hours after first reports of high-profile Twitter accounts being targeted as part of a bitcoin scam, hackers would end up compromising the accounts of 44th U.S. President Barack Obama, Kanye West, and Silicon Valley electronics and software giant, Apple, among numerous world's most prominent people. Twitter accounts of Musk, Gates, and a few other renowned cryptocurrency entities were hacked to post a Bitcoin scam that claimed to double the money you send to a specific address within a specified time.

Kirk allegedly had access to an internal tool on Twitter's network, which allowed them to effectively take control of a user's account. As it appears, many have even made the BTC payment, hoping the billionaire philanthropist lives up to "his" words, if they were his words at all.

Twitter said that once they were aware of what had happened they immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed the fake tweets. Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a statement posted online, it said: "We are investigating and taking steps to fix it".

This is obviously the result of a Twitter hack the likes of which we've never seen before. Twitter also said affected users may be temporarily unable to post updates or change their passwords.

In several tweets, Twitter said it believes the incident was a "coordinated social engineering attack" that targeted some of its employees with access to internal systems and tools. Here's a screenshot from Biden's hacked account.

Former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Apple, and Elon Musk tweeted a "for the community" post.

Many other accounts were quickly hijacked, including @elonmusk.

A second source also reportedly said that a Twitter employee was paid for their assistance.

"This has resulted in @Gemini, @Coinbase, @Binance, and @Coindesk, tweeting about a scam partnership with CryptoForHealth".

Bitcoin investor Cameron Winklevoss warned his followers about the hack after the account of the company he co-founded, Gemini, was compromised in the attack, along with a number of other cryptocurrency accounts. Eastern Time, Twitter prevented verified account holders from tweeting as part of its response.

A Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider that the matter was "being looked into".

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