High-profile twitter accounts hacked in crypto scam

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Several high-profile twitter accounts including Biden, Obama, and Musk are hacked in crypto scam

A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday afternoon by attackers who used the accounts — some with millions of followers — to spread a cryptocurrency scam. High-profile accounts compromised include Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian West, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Wiz Khalifa, Warren Buffett, YouTuber MrBeast, Wendy’s, Uber, CashApp and Mike Bloomberg and this list may continue to expand. The compromised accounts posted a message promoting the address of a bitcoin wallet with the claim that the amount of any payments made to the address would be doubled and sent back — a known cryptocurrency scam technique. Twitter is looking into the matter but has not yet provided an official statement regarding this attack.

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Next Steps:
Potentially affected customers are encouraged to closely monitor their payment card account statements for unauthorized activity. If you are impacted by this breach, be vigilant about unsolicited telephone calls, SMS messages or emails that inquire about your personal information.

Breach occured on July 15, 2020

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