Twitter accounts of a number of world personalities, politicians and businessman men have been hacked in a coordinated Bitcoin fraud.
The twitter accounts affected by the hack tweeted asking people to send their Bitcoins to them and get them doubled and paid back as a way of giving back to society.
Some of the personalities whose accounts have been hacked include, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, investor Warren Buffet, Former President Barrack Obama, Former Vice-President Joe Biden, tech giants Apple, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, rapper Kanye West, media mogul Michael Bloomberg and Uber.
Below is what Twitter knows so far:
“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.
“We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf. We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.
“Once we became aware of the incident, we immediately locked down the affected accounts and removed Tweets posted by the attackers.
“We also limited functionality for a much larger group of accounts, like all verified accounts (even those with no evidence of being compromised), while we continue to fully investigate this.
“This was disruptive, but it was an important step to reduce risk. Most functionality has been restored but we may take further actions and will update you if we do.
“We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely.
“Internally, we’ve taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools while our investigation is ongoing. More updates to come as our investigation continues.
“We’re continuing to limit the ability to Tweet, reset your password, and some other account functionalities while we look into this. Thanks for your patience.
“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.”