High-profile figures hit by Twitter hack
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.