The Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Joe Biden and Barack Obama are targets of mass hacked
A series of Twitter accounts of prominent figures, including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, businessman Elon Musk, and artist Kanye West, were hacked on Wednesday and used to apply for cryptocurrencies.
The Twitter accounts of American personalities, such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk or Joe Biden and Barack Obama, and large companies such as Apple and Uber were victims on Wednesday afternoon of July 15 of a massive cryptocurrency piracy.
The messages, quickly erased by the target accounts, invited Internet users in particular to send bitcoins to specific addresses, claiming they were sending double the amounts transferred in return.
"Happy Wednesday! I offer bitcoins to all my subscribers. I double all payments sent to the bitcoin address below," read Twitter users in particular on the account of Elon Musk, Tesla's whimsical boss.
"A security incident"
Accounts from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg posted messages for a time for similar content.
"We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates. This appears to be part of a bigger problem facing Twitter. Twitter is aware of this and is working to restore the account," said a Gates spokesman.
Twitter has confirmed "a security incident" and said it is working to resolve it.
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