Twitter hacked in major breach, accounts of Obama, Biden, Gates, Bezos, Musk, others taken over
Social networking website Twitter witnessed a major breach with accounts of several prominent people getting hacked. The hacked account posted messages exhorting followers to fork up cryptocurrency.
The accounts hacked included those belonging to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Waren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mike Bloomberg, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and others. The corporate accounts for Uber and Apple were also affected during the major breach.
The fake tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address.
Some of the bogus tweets were swiftly deleted but there appeared to be a struggle to regain control of the accounts. In the case of billionaire Telsa Chief Executive Elon Musk, for example, one tweet soliciting cryptocurrency was removed and, sometime later, another one appeared.
In a statement, Twitter 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".
"You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident," Twitter 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.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
Meanwhile, Tron founder and CEO of BitTorrent Justin Sun put a bounty of $1 million on the heads of those responsible for the hacking incident.
"TRON Founder & CEO of @BitTorrent, Justin Sun is putting out a Bounty for the hackers in the amount of $1 million. He will personally pay those who successfully track down, and provide evidence for bringing to justice, the hackers/people behind this hack affecting our community," BitTorrent's official Twitter account posted.
Due to the attack that spanned multiple verified accounts, Twitter shares plummeted, according to the trading data shared in social media.