Twitter has many things going on lately. One of the trending news in this social media platform is the hacking of high-profile Twitter accounts. The accounts were hacked simultaneously, including politicians, celebrities, and tech company owners.
The hacker accessed the accounts and posted a scam post with a bitcoin address and a promise to double the amount of those who will send money to the wallet. The scam has been used several times, but still, some people got swayed of this. It was effective as they have used the account of someone known and famous to post about it. Almost 160,000 dollars were already collected on the main blockchain address, proving that the scam has swayed people.
According to the source before targetting the accounts of famous personalities, the hack was first focused on several cryptocurrency accounts such as bitcoin, ripple, coindesk, coinbase, and binance. The hacker posted a similar scam post of promising a double amount for any amount sent to the bitcoin address.
Namesilo is the registered domain of the site used by the scammer. Kristaps Konka, the chief executive of Namesilo, took action by immediately pulling off the linked site after the first report.
But the hack did not stop there as the next targets were the accounts of people who have millions of followers to scam millions of people.
The hackers even targeted accounts of big companies such as Apple and the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk. Even politicians were not exempted from the hacking, Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s accounts were also hacked.
Who other personalities have accounts on twitter with millions of followers? Celebrities and YouTube influencers, right? Among these celebrities, Wiz Khalifa, Kim Kardashian West, Warren Buffet, and Mr. Beast. Both YouTubers were fond of giveaways that most probably lead some people to click the bait.
Twitter has taken action about the serious matter. Upon investigation on Wednesday, Twitter has stated in their official account that it can be “a coordinated social engineering attack” on employees that gave the hacker access to internal systems and tools. They have found out that hackers used breached and leaked account to access the high-profile accounts.
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.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 16, 2020