Gates, Musk, Bezos hacked: Hackers gained access to the Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and many others, on Wednesday afternoon, to carry out a cryptocurrency scam. Other accounts that were breached belong to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, and Square’s CashApp.
The first Twitter statement about the incident was:
Hours later, the platform provided more details about the “coordinated social engineering attack by individuals who successfully targeted some of the employees by gaining access to internal systems and tools .”
The following tweet was posted from Bill Gates’ account, but was later deleted. The same tweet appeared a little later.
“We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates,” said a spokesman for the American businessman and co-founder of Microsoft . “This seems to be part of a bigger issue facing Twitter. “Twitter is aware of the situation and is working to restore the account.”
A similar tweet by Elon Musk also appeared and was deleted before another one appeared shortly after.
The accounts of Biden , Obama and Bezos were also breached in the context of cryptocurrency fraud.
Following are the tweets from the Apple and Uber accounts :
Following the incident, Uber responded:
According to the data, more than $ 100,000 has been channeled to the bitcoin address included in the tweets.
Even people who have applied two-factor authentication have reported that their accounts have been compromised.
This is not the first time that cybercriminals have broken into the accounts of celebrities to commit a cryptocurrency scam. Elon Musk and Bill Gates have been attacked again.
According to a new update, Twitter has disabled accounts to deal with the incident.
Note that the fake tweets from the victims’ accounts appeared around the same time.
In total, the accounts that were violated (according to the first data) belong to:
- Bill Gates
- Elon Musk
- Jeff Bezos
- Joe Biden
- Barack Obama
- Mike Bloomberg
- Warren Buffet
- Kanye West
- Wiz Khalifa
- Kim Kardashian
- Floyd Mayweather
Also Read: Who Hacked Amazon Owner? : Jeff Bezos