Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates and Others Twitter Accounts Hacked in Bitcoin Scam

“The worst [attack] of a major social media platform yet.”

By
Tech
9,188 Hypes 11 Comments

Twitter accounts of prominent U.S. figures and companies were recently hacked in a massive Bitcoin scam: Apple, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, Wendy’s and Uber, to name a few.

The targeted accounts asked people to send donations in Bitcoin. Gates’ impersonated tweet, “Everyone is asking me to give back. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000” was one of many tweets that aimed to mislead followers. In response, Twitter opted to disable a handful of verified accounts from tweeting. CEO Jack Dorsey stated, “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened… We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.” While crypto scamming isn’t entirely new for Twitter, the scale of the recent attack is unprecedented. It raises concerns about the company’s security and the extent to which app users are really protected. According to Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of cyber-security company CrowdStrike, noted that the incident “appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet.” Just exactly how much money the hackers hauled in remains unclear. Tweets for verified accounts have been enabled again as Twitter continues to work on a fix.

Scroll below for a look at some of the tweets that were put out.

Earlier this month, Twitter engineers removed racially insensitive terms in programming.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

maharishi Delivers Cyberpunk-Inspired "NYC MILTYPE" SS20 Capsule
Fashion

maharishi Delivers Cyberpunk-Inspired "NYC MILTYPE" SS20 Capsule

Taking cues from Luc Besson’s ’90s sci-fi ‘The Fifth Element.’

Burberry Sales Down 48% In Q1 2020 as Revenue Drops by £241 Million GBP
Fashion 

Burberry Sales Down 48% In Q1 2020 as Revenue Drops by £241 Million GBP

“Sales were severely impacted by the drop in luxury demand from COVID-19.”

Saleen Teases Its "Big Oly" 2021 Ford Bronco
Automotive

Saleen Teases Its "Big Oly" 2021 Ford Bronco

Just days after the new Ford Bronco unveiling.


Certifications Suggest Apple iPhone 12 Has Smaller Battery Than iPhone 11
Tech

Certifications Suggest Apple iPhone 12 Has Smaller Battery Than iPhone 11

Despite higher battery demands.

The Weeknd x READYMADE 'After Hours' Capsule Arriving Exclusively at HBX
Fashion

The Weeknd x READYMADE 'After Hours' Capsule Arriving Exclusively at HBX

Celebrates the Canadian artist’s project spending a month at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

CASETiFY Goes Galactic For its NASA Capsule
Fashion

CASETiFY Goes Galactic For its NASA Capsule

Marked by the aeronautics and space research program’s iconic logo.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.