If you see a tweet from a celebrity, company or even a friend promising to double your bitcoin if you send them money, it̵7;s a scam. That should say, of course, but Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, the official Apple account, CoinDesk, and more sent out the exact tweet.
Elon Musk, Bill Gates and others have had their accounts hacked to run a cryptocurrency scam. pic.twitter.com/YmrCq5gvQW
– Martin SFP Bryant (@MartinSFP) July 15, 2020
We do not know exactly what is happening here, as some of the accounts concerned have already confirmed that they had two-factor authentication enabled. But earlier today, celebrities, politicians and corporate accounts start tweeting the same basic text:
“I feel generous. I double all BTC payments sent to my BTC address in the next hour. Followed by a bitcoin address. Unfortunately, it seems like people fall for the scam and send money to the account.
Twitter is already looking at the situation and seems to be removing tweets, but a Twitter search revealed more compromised accounts as of this writing. Bill Gates released a statement confirming that he did not send out the tweet.
NEW – statement from a spokesman for Bill Gates.
“We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates. It seems to be part of a larger issue facing Twitter. Twitter is aware and working to restore the account.” pic.twitter.com/v37Jvs76Jl
– Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) July 15, 2020
Twitter took the unusual step of preventing confirmed Twitter accounts from tweeting cards, even though some accounts did not appear to be affected. The company also prevents password resets as an extra measure of security.
You may not be able to Tweet or reset your password while we review and manage this incident.
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
Although the attack focused on high-profile accounts, you may want to keep an eye on your Twitter account in case it spreads. And as always, if an offer seems too good to be true, it’s probably not true. It includes celebrities and companies that decide to distribute free bitcoin.
via Martin Bryant