In breaking news today, Twitter profiles of some of the richest and most high-profile people in the world have been hacked by a Bitcoin scam.
Even the official Twitter support account has been hacked, in what many Twitter users are finding a hilarious turn of events.
— Rebel With(out) a Cause (@ramchrisali) July 15, 2020
— آصف (@ASIFSHA1KH) July 15, 2020
It seems that all the hacked accounts are verified, and now there are reports that all verified Twitter accounts have been temporarily blocked from posting.
Twitter has temporally blocked all verified accounts from Tweeting while the Bitcoin hack is taking over. pic.twitter.com/SBwophl38o
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 15, 2020
The posts from hacked accounts are all variations of the same thing: a basic message stating that the person is feeling grateful and wants to give back to their community, and so they will double any bitcoin payments they receive to a certain link.
Unsurprisingly, many people actually paid the hacked accounts in bitcoin. Sigh. You’d think seeing Jeff Bezos offer to give back to his community would be enough to alert anyone to a scam, but apparently not.
Of course, people are meme-ing the shit out of this development, because let’s be real, it’s pretty funny to watch the rich and powerful get absolutely dunked on by a bunch of bitcoin hackers.
— Andrew (@Andrew_H__1) July 15, 2020
— Utkarsh (@utkarshkum10) July 15, 2020
The bitcoin hackers being welcomed by unverified twitter pic.twitter.com/2NffPhrFWm
— Andrew Bickford (@abickford68) July 15, 2020
Others reckon there’s something far more sinister to it. Perhaps they’re right – I mean, surely someone who’s smart enough to hack into all these A-List celebrity accounts would be asking for more than just bitcoin, right?
I’m going to wager that this hack has little to nothing to do with a dumb Bitcoin scam.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) July 15, 2020
Imagine if this happened the night before the election and the goal wasn’t to fill up a Bitcoin wallet.
— Ben Collins (@BenCollinsNBC) July 15, 2020
Some users are speculating whether this hack was an inside job or if a Twitter staff member’s account was compromised because of how quickly the accounts were all hacked.
Wtf?!?! Bitcoin scammer hack Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Wiz Khalifa, Apple, Uber and Jeff Bezos. All at the same time!!
WHAT. THE. HELL. IS. GOING. ON?!?!
— Undoomed (@Undoomed) July 15, 2020
I guess we’ll see, but for now there’s not much information out – just that Twitter is working on it.
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