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On Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, twitter accounts owned by celebrities, politicians, and leaders in tech were hacked as part of a bitcoin scam. The accounts that were compromised included Bill Gates, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Wiz Khalifa, Apple, Uber and Jeff Bezos all hacked and tweets have been put out from these accounts for people to send money to a Bitcoin address and $113,000 has been sent so far, wow! #Hacked pic.twitter.com/gdGzuMNYZc
— Benue Breed ❄️ (@oyimzy) July 15, 2020
In response, Twitter blocked access for all verified accounts for a brief time.
Back in May, the amount of bitcoin available to mine was halved, which some investors believe will increase the price of the digital currency. The halving along with the general anonymity bitcoin provides makes it all the more incentivizing for scammers to buy in.
Perhaps equally as shocking as the wave of hacks is how many people actually sent bitcoin to the scammer’s wallet address. As many as 400 payments totaling $121,000 were sent to the address. I’ll go out on a limb and say that Kanye is trying to fund his presidential campaign while having an alibi, or a shocking amount of people have never seen an online scam before.
If you haven’t already, you can further protect your tweets by enabling two-factor authentication and by altering your account’s discoverability settings.