Twitter accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Apple, and many other prominent celebrities were hacked on Wednesday.
The other hacked accounts include reality star Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Mike Bloomberg handles.
The hacked handles posted similar tweets requesting donations via Bitcoin to their verified profiles on Wednesday, to promote a bitcoin scam.
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A now-deleted tweet from Elon Musk’s verified Twitter account promoted a Bitcoin giveaway scam on Wednesday afternoon.
As well as the tweet from former US president Barak Obama’s account:
While looking into the matter, in a tweet, Twitter’s support account said: “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.”
Furthermore, Twitter apparently moved to prevent holders of verified accounts from tweeting.
You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
The sheer number of prominent accounts compromised at the same time has made it arguably the biggest security incident in Twitter’s history.