On 16 July, Wednesday, Twitter faced most likely the worst attack ever. Many verified and influential accounts were hacked and used to solicit Bitcoin. The hacked accounts sent out tweets promising to double the money sent to a particular BTC address.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk was one of the first who tweeted about this “Twitter hacked” scam. The hackers had taken control of Musk’s Twitter handle. Furthermore, the now-deleted tweet read like this, “Feeling grateful, doubling all payments sent to my BTC address! You send $1,000, I send back $2,000! Only doing this for the next 30 minutes.”
Even after deleting this particular post, similar posts kept appearing on his handle. That is when Twitter temporarily revoked the messaged publishing rights of some of the verified accounts. And this happened to many top crypto influencers and company Twitter accounts too. The list of crypto accounts included Changpeng Zhao (CZ), Binance, Kucoin, Justin Sun, Gemini, and Coinbase.
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Hacked by CryptoForHeath
— Altcoin Buzz (@Altcoinbuzzio) July 15, 2020
Twitter – A Tough Day
Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.
We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.
💙 to our teammates working hard to make this right.
— jack (@jack) July 16, 2020