The Twitter accounts of various high-profile people have been hacked. Yesterday on 15 July, late-night Twitter accounts of Bill Gates and Elon Musk appeared to be hacked or fallen prey to a crypto scam. The scammer posted tweets on behalf of Gates and Musk that they had started a Bitcoin wallet address and promised to send double the amount of BTC.
The hacker asked users to transfer $1,000 BTC on its BTC wallet from Gates and Musk’s Twitter account. The scam appeared to happen in two rounds, wherein the similar post tweeted for the second time from both twitter handles after their first tweets were deleted.
So far the Bitcoin address of the hacker has received 373 transactions, collecting 12.86252562 BTC which is equivalent to over $118,300 (roughly Rs. 89 lakhs).
List of Hacked Twitter Accounts (So far)
- Barack Obama, Former US President
- Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
- Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO
- Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
- Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
- Joe Biden, Former US Vice-President
- Twitter Support
- Media Personality Kim Kardashian
- Media Billionaire Mike Bloomberg
- The Rapper Kanye West
- The Ride-sharing App UBER
- The iPhone maker Apple
- Rapper Wiz Khalifa
- and many more
Twitter has started an investigation on it and tweeted,
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.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey tweeted that it’s a tough day for us at Twitter. He also said the company is diagnosing and will share everything once, it completely understands what’s exactly going on.
TORN founder and CEO of BitTorrent, Justin Sun has started a bounty program for hackers and will reward $1 million dollars. In a tweet from BitTorrent, said the CEO will personally pay $1 million dollars to the person who will successfully track down the culprit. He also added that the hackers/people behind this hack is affecting the community.
According to BBC, the web address cryptohealth.com to which some hacked tweets directed users were registered by a cyber-attacker using the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and the name “Anthony Elias” was used to register the website.
Hacker is on Instagram
Furthermore, the cryptoforhealth is also registered on Instagram and apparently set up contemporaneously to the hack. The bio of the Insta account reads, “it was us” with a smiley emoji. To confirm this the attackers posted a twitter image that reads, thank you #twitter. Not only this, but the account also posted a story with a message,
It was a charity attack. Your money will find its way to the right place.
For now, there is no information about the attacker and Twitter will soon track the attackers as the investigation is going on from their side. We suggest you keep yourself and your social media accounts safe. Do not click on the suspicious link and fake deals.