A massive bitcoin scam rocked Twitter on Wednesday, affecting blue-ticked accounts of big companies and political and cultural personalities, including those of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber and many more.
An unprecedented hacker attack affected Twitter, which, starting with the accounts of Elon Musk and Bill Gates, targeted a large number of verified accounts. Tweets with bitcoin scam texts appeared on hacked pages, urging users to send money to the specified address.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a statement that it is aware of the hacker attack affecting high-profile twitter accounts and urged the public not to fall victim to the cryptocurrency scam.
“We are aware of today’s security incident involving several Twitter accounts belonging to high profile individuals,” the statement from the FBI’s San Francisco field office said, quoted by ABC on Wednesday. “The accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud. We advise the public not to fall victim to this scam by sending cryptocurrency or money in relation to this incident.”
Soon after an imposed earlier limitation on tweeting for verified Twitter accounts was lifted, Twitter announced that, as the investigation into the incident is ongoing, most users should again be able to tweet and reset passwords. The company’s statement noted that “this functionality may come and go”.
“Most accounts should be able to Tweet again. As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible”, Twitter’s statement said.
Earlier, Twitter said that users might be unable to tweet or reset their passwords, also limiting the ability of verified accounts to tweet as they got the following message when trying to post:
“This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can’t complete this action right now. Please try again later”.
After the initial scam address was reportedly blocked by Twitter, the alleged new one was first posted in the account of Kim Kardashian, when it appeared to have been hacked.