High-pro­file fig­ures hit by Twit­ter hack

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Olivia Rudgard in San Fran­cisco

A MASS hack of Twit­ter ac­counts af­fected en­trepreneur­s Jeff Be­zos and Bill Gates, as well as Joe Bi­den, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Ap­ple, Uber and half a dozen cryp­tocur­rency and fi­nance com­pa­nies.

Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Kanye West, the mu­si­cian, were also af­fected by the at­tack, which con­tin­ued for more than an hour yes­ter­day.

The ac­counts, which be­tween them have more than 100m fol­low­ers, posted scam links and mes­sages di­rect­ing peo­ple to send bit­coin to par­tic­u­lar wal­lets, with the prom­ise that do­na­tions would be matched.

“All ma­jor crypto Twit­ter ac­counts have been com­pro­mised,” Cameron Win­klevoss, the bit­coin bil­lion­aire, wrote on the plat­form, adding that the ac­count for his com­pany, Gem­ini, had been equipped with two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion and a strong pass­word.

Some ac­counts, in­clud­ing Gem­ini, Bi­nance and Ku­coin, posted fake an­nounce­ments that they had part­nered with “Cryp­toForHealt­h” and in­cluded a link to a web­site.

“Feel­ing great­ful, [sic] dou­bling all pay­ments sent to my BTC ad­dress! You send $1,000, I send back $2,000! Only do­ing this for the next 30 min­utes,” Mr Musk’s ac­count tweeted, in a mes­sage that was re­posted sev­eral times.

One of the bit­coin ac­counts tweeted by Mr Musk’s ac­count ap­peared to have more than $40,000 (£31,800) in it less than half an hour af­ter the tweet was sent, though it is not clear how much was sent by vic­tims and how much was a fur­ther part of the scam.

A spokesman for Twit­ter said the com­pany was look­ing into the sit­u­a­tion and would be mak­ing fur­ther an­nounce­ments.

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