Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk Twitter accounts hacked in apparent major cryptocurrency scam attack

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Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk Twitter accounts hacked in apparent major cryptocurrency scam attack

The Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk were among those hacked in what appears to be a major cryptocurrency scam.

Official social media platforms for Kanye West, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Apple and Uber were also targeted.

A post on Tesla CEO Mr Musk’s account read: “I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19. I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour.”

A similar tweet was shared on the official Twitter accounts of a number of major companies in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has seen.

The tweet asked for Bitcoin and promised to “double all payments” sent to an address.

This was the beginning of a wave of takeovers of high-profile Twitter accounts, including Apple, Uber, Amazon CEO Mr Bezos and Microsoft founder Mr Gates.

Many of the tweets were swiftly deleted.

Twitter said in an email that it was looking into the matter and would issue a statement shortly.

Reference: Evening Standard : Sean Morrison 2 hrs ago 15th July 2020

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