A hacker or a group of unknown bad actors managed to hack popular accounts on Twitter under a massive crypto giveaway scam.
As of press time, the following accounts have been compromised on Twitter:
- Bill Gates
- Cash App
- Elon Musk
- Joe Biden
- Justin Sun
- Kim Kardashian
- Kanye West
- TRON Foundation
All the compromised accounts post messages about a fake giveaway of 5000 BTC via an unknown website.
Altana Digital Currency Fund Co-founder and CIO Alistair Milne noted that the hacker is changing account email addresses, hiding replies, etc.
"You can't do these things via API. At this point I doubt any account is safe," Milne added.
Ripple CTO David Schwartz says that all the compromised accounts used third party scheduling/monitoring services that had read/write app access to their accounts.
Twitter says it is aware of a security incident impacting accounts.
"We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly," Twitter's representative added.
Last year, Twitter identified a bug that made it "collect iOS location data from some of its users and shared it with one of its trusted partners," the company said in a statement.
The bug affected users who had more than one Twitter account registered on their iOS devices and had used the location function in at least one of their accounts.
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