Twitter Responses to Bitcon Phising Attack Scam


This past week, Twitter followed up with an update about a recent attack it received on its platform a few weeks ago. The service was hacked by an individual or group that pushed unsolicited tweets to a number of high profile accounts.

The actual attack itself occurred on July 15th and resulted in tweets from accounts that included former President Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and others. The tweets asked for users to send $1,000 to a Bitcoin account that would then result in the user later getting $2,000 sent back. A significant number of people did fall for this scheme with the account receiving cryptocurrency worth almost $120,000 according to what is recorded in blockchain. There may have been other motives than just money that were for political reasons as these accounts did have access to some sensitive information.

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