Bitcoin scammers have apparently hacked the Twitter accounts belonging to Apple, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and others.
The resulting tweets, which are not to be believed, are a scam to collect Bitcoin. Although Twitter has been quickly deleting the fake tweets, the scammers behind the breach have been posting them just as quickly.
Given the number of high profile Twitter accounts affected by the breach, the hack must be due to a system-wide Twitter security vulnerability.
Apple’s Twitter account usually goes unused, so this was a good indicator that something was up.
Elon Musk’s account posted the following bogus tweet:
Giving back to my community! All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000! […] Only doing this for the next 30 minutes! Enjoy.
Twitter says that it’s looking into the security breach and will provide an update to the situation after a fix is in place.
We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020