Twitter Accounts Belonging To Most Prominent US Business Moguls, Politicians And Celebrities Were Hacked To Solicit Bitcoin Donation (Read Full Details)

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The Twitter accounts of some of the most prominent U.S. political and business leaders, from Barack Obama and Joe Biden to Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates etc were hacked on Wednesday afternoon in an apparent effort to promote a Bitcoin scam.

The attacks were stunning in scope and almost certainly coordinated. Others whose Twitter accounts were caught up in the security incident included Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Uber Technologies Inc., Apple Inc. and Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. The accounts sent out tweets promising to double the money of anyone sending funds via Bitcoin within 30 minutes.

Twitter said it was aware of the incident impacting its accounts and is investigating. As the hack was unfolding, verified Twitter accounts suddenly lost the ability to post new tweets. “You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident,” Twitter wrote on it support account. Access was restored within hours.

The company’s shares declined more than 3% in extended trading. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey tweeted late Wednesday that the San Francisco-based company was “working hard to make this right.”

“Tough day for us at Twitter,” Dorsey wrote “we’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”
So far, the Bitcoin addresses tweeted by the hackers has been sent over 12 Bitcoins, worth more than $110,000. The popular Bitcoin exchange Coinbase has blocked its users from sending money to the address.

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Source: Bloomberg 

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