Twitter accounts of various prominent personalities hijacked on Wednesday, some high profile account includes Joe Biden, candidate US presidential election, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, Ex USA President Barack Obama.
These hacking attacks was carry out to promote a cryptocurrency scam thorough high profile twitter accounts.
According to The Verge, The Tesla CEO’s account issued a strange tweet at 4:17 pm ET this afternoon reading, The tweet also contained a bitcoin address, presumably one associated with the hacker’s crypto wallet.
Bill Gates tweet was similar to Elon Musk’s and with identical BTC address. It was also later deleted.
Shortly after the initial wave of tweets, the accounts of Apple, Uber, and Kanye West have also been hacked and are promoting the show widespread the operation is, but it appears to be affecting major companies and extremely high-profile individuals.
Still the cause of the breach had not been yet made public. Twitter said in a statement that “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 also limit the ability of these accounts to Tweet, reset password, and some other account functionalities.
Soon after Twitter said, “Most accounts should be able to Tweet again. As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, CEO Jack Dorsey said it was a “tough day for us at Twitter.”
“We all feel terrible this happened,” Dorsey said. “We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”
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This incident also attracted the attention of FBI (The Federal Bureau Investigation).
“We are aware of today’s security incident involving several Twitter accounts belonging to high profile individuals,” the FBI’s San Francisco field office said in a statement. “The accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud. We advise the public not to fall victim to this scam by sending cryptocurrency or money in relation to this incident.”