Twitter accounts of Billionaires including Elon Musk, Bill Gates were hacked in a clear Bitcoin scam. Other official accounts hacked belong to Joe Biden, Kanye West, Barack Obama requesting the donation of cryptocurrency.
A tweet from Bill Gates’ account said, “Everyone is asking me to give back. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”
Twitter company in its tweet said that the attack was coordinated to control verified and famous accounts.
It added that “significant steps” were taken to limit access to such internal systems and tools while the company’s investigation was ongoing.
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter tweeted, “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.”
Earlier Twitter took unusual actions to stop blue ticked accounts from tweeting altogether. Many account functions were disabled including requests of password reset.
According to Dmitri Alperovitch, this hack was the worst hack ever on a social media platform.
Mr Musk’s Twitter account tweeted along with a Bitcoin link, “I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19.” It added that the double scheme is available “for the next 30 minutes”.
After these tweets were posted they got deleted within minutes.
However, as soon as the first tweet was deleted a second one appeared followed by a third tweet.
The Biden campaign said Twitter had “locked down the account within a few minutes of the breach and removed the related tweet”.
A spokesman for Bill Gates told AP news agency: “This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing.”
The BBC reported, “a web address – cryptoforhealth.com – to which some hacked tweets directed users was registered by a cyber-attacker using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.”
To register the website the name used was “Anthony Elias.” However, this name could be a pseudonym.
Cryptoforhealth is also a registered user name on Instagram, apparently set up contemporaneously to the hack.
The description of the profile read “It was us”, alongside a slightly smiling face emoticon.
The Instagram profile also posted a message that said: “It was a charity attack. Your money will find its way to the right place.”
In any case, the real identities of the perpetrators are as yet unknown.