Update: Joe Biden now too:
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The twitter accounts of two of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Elon Musk (and perhaps others) were hacked late on Wednesday, in what appears to be a version of a “Nigerian” bitcoin scam.
At 440pm ET, Musk tweeted the following:
Microsoft founder Bill Gates had a similar tweet.
As did Jeff Bezos:
Mike Bloomberg felt generous too:
Kanye was not spared either:
And for a few minutes, Apple was hacked too..
… before all of its tweets were promptly deleted.
Other, less prominent accounts also seemed to be hacked at around that time, including this one:
I just want to be with the cool kids, so I am doubling all payments sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.
BTC Address – bc1qxy2kgdygjrsqtzq2n0yrf2493p83kkfjhx0wlh
Only going on for 30 minutes! Enjoy!
— Alex B 📉📉 (@somospostpc) July 15, 2020
Naturally, it wasn’t clear who was behind the shocking password breach, but according to the Malware Tech blog, a Twitter employee with access to the user management panel was hacked.
Hearing a lot of unconfirmed rumors a Twitter employee with access to the user management panel was hacked.
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) July 15, 2020
Of course, this being twitter, it didn’t take long for humorous hot takes:
The way this guy keeps doing the “only for the next 30 minutes,” I expect him to start talking about “free supercharging” and an upcoming price increase on Full Self Driving! https://t.co/sF38aSOfYu
— Mark B. Spiegel (@markbspiegel) July 15, 2020
If Trump tweets anything remotely sensible you’ll know this is a hack of epic proportions pic.twitter.com/l812Qbboxt
— ForexLive (@ForexLive) July 15, 2020
Elon Musk fake tweet does not show up on his twitter TL, this hacker is good
— FXHedge (@Fxhedgers) July 15, 2020
Twitter stock is down over 2% after hours as question swirl over just how easy it is to hack some of the world’s most important accounts.
Needless to say, everyone is eagerly awaiting to see what Trump tweets next…