The verified accounts of the social network Twitter of personalities recognized as Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Kanye West, Joe Biden o Elon Musk, among others, have been hacked this Wednesday to carry out cryptocurrency scams.
The hacked accounts, including that of Kim Kardashian, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos or Mike Bloomberg, have published similar ‘tweets’ requesting donations via bitcoin. “Everyone is asking me to return and now is the time,” said Gates’ message, picked up by CNN television. The ‘tweet’ promised double payments in a bitcoin address. “You send me $ 1,000, I give you 2,000 back,” read the message.
For its part, the technical support account of Twitter has transferred in a message on the social network that the company is “aware” of “A security incident affecting Twitter accounts”. “We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update soon, “he added.
Thus, shortly after the attack began, the company has restricted the ability to share messages on Twitter from verified accounts. “You may not be able to tweet or reset your password as we review and address this incident,” Twitter reported in another message.
However, most verified accounts that have seen their activity frozen are already operational again. “Most accounts should be able to tweet again,” Twitter said in a message.
“While we continue working on a solution, this functionality can come and go,” he warned, while ensuring that the company works “to get things back to normal as fast as possible”.
The large number of important accounts that have been hacked makes this episode the largest security incident in the history of Twitter, a social network widely spread among the population, the media and even world leaders, such as the president of United States, Donald Trump. Last year, the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was also hacked.
The incident has caught the attention of the FBI And his San Francisco field office has specified that he is “aware” of what happened. In a statement collected by the aforementioned media, he added that “the accounts appear to have been compromised to perpetuate fraud in cryptocurrencies.” Thus, they have advised the public not to expose themselves to being a “victim of this scam” by sending any amount of money.