Srs Bsns: Bitcoin Scammers Take Over The Twitter Accounts Of High-Profile Celebrities And Brands, Raking In Over $100k

Earlier today at around 3 p.m. Eastern time, the Twitter accounts of several high-profile individuals, cryptocurrency companies and other brands were taken over by suspected bitcoin scammers. This far-reaching hack was an attempt to get unsuspecting people to transfer bitcoins to an address linked within the tweets of compromised accounts.

From Verified Twitter Accounts such as Barack Obama and Joe Biden to Elon Musk and Bill Gates, a similar message was tweeted repeatedly as users scrambled to delete them. The text for these stated that the individual’s account was “giving back to the community” and promised that if someone sent $1,000 to the address, each one would be returned with $2,000, ending with “Only doing this for 30 minutes.” Similar tweets were also seen on the accounts of major brands, including Apple and Uber, as well as cryptocurrency companies like Coinbase.

@BarackObama · 2m I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19! Barack Obama All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000! bc1qxy2kgdygjrsqtzq2nOyrf2493p83kkfjhxOwih Only doing this for the next 30 minutes! Enjoy. Q 1K 27 2.3K O 3K Aram @AramKurdii Replying to @BarackObama BTC hackers at this moment: 0.9% 0.12% 560 286A 0 14763 2.286 156 stonks 0287 0.1204 234 0.1902 N/AY Text

So far, it appears that many individuals ultimately believed that the tweets were authentic, despite many Twitter users calling them out as fake even before the company took notice. A closer look at the bitcoin address used in the scam reveals that around 350 transactions have already taken place in just three hours since the first recorded transaction occurred at 3:03 p.m. Eastern time. In that timeframe, the scammers received over 12.8 BTC, totaling nearly $118,000.

Since emerging today, the exact method of the hacks is still unknown, but Twitter stated it was looking into the issue and attempting to fix it. An official tweet from the company’s Twitter 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.” Some of the accounts that were hacked also later stated they had multi-factor authentication turned on.

Twitter Support O @TwitterSupport 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. 5:45 PM · Jul 15, 2020 · Twitter Web App 10.2K Retweets and comments 16.1K Likes Text Font Product Line

Despite this, numerous people speculated on potential ways the scammers gained access to the accounts, such as user ImNotTheWolf, who posted a theory about hackers gaining access to the “Twitter Panel,” which would require hacking a Twitter admin or employee. With that kind of access, they theorized that the emails and passwords of any hacked account could be changed without their knowledge. Twitter user UnderTheBreach also shared a similar theory in their tweet, which included “likely the panel of the compromised Twitter employee.” Another user, Ankit Panda, posted screenshots revealing a bitcoin wallet thought to be associated with “the neo-Nazi Andrew Auernheimer,” or Weev, who allegedly sent a small amount in BTC to the address.

Even after many of these tweets were posted and deleted just minutes later, some of the accounts were hacked a second time and posted similar messages. According to cybersecurity experts, this is likely Twitter’s largest attack on the platform to date. Rachel Tobac, the CEO of cybersecurity firm SocialProof Security, told NBC News, “I’m surprised Twitter hasn’t gone completely dark to prevent misinformation campaigns and political upheaval. We are lucky the attackers are going after bitcoin (money motivated) and not motivated by chaos and destruction.”

While this hack is perhaps the most prominent on Twitter to date, it’s not the first case of social media accounts being hacked to post messages against their owner’s will. In August 2019, the Chuckling Squad Hacks similarly spammed messages on the accounts of popular YouTubers and actors, such as James Charles and Jack Dorsey, that were performed via AT&T sim card replacements.

It’s estimated that hundreds of accounts were hacked so far, with several users compiling lists of the compromised accounts in various tweets. This attack has also had an effect on Twitter’s value, as shares of the social media platform fell roughly 3 percent following the widespread news coverage.

As Twitter scrambled to remedy the attack, several users and other noteworthy accounts also began posting parodies of the message, attempting to make light of the situation. In one such instance, Wendys tweeted out a similar phrase, but swapped the address to “Dave444spicy245nuggets10piece.”

Wendy's @Wendys We are giving back to the Twitter community. All Tweets sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you tweet under this tweet we'll tweet back twice. Only doing this for 30 minutes. Dave444spicy245nuggets10piece PM Jul 15, 2020 - Twitter Web App 1.7K Retweets and comments 4.6K Likes Text Font Line Document

After roughly three and a half hours of the attack hitting the platform, Twitter briefly locked all verified accounts in an attempt to shut down the hacks of such users. Know Your Meme’s own Twitter account confirmed this and was unable to post later in the afternoon as the story unfolded and received widespread coverage from media outlets across the web. The accounts have since been restored.

Source – Know Your Meme News

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