On Wednesday, Hackers seized accounts of important public figures such as Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and others in what appears to be a Bitcoin scam.
The FBI is leading an investigation into the hacking of the social media platform Twitter, Reuters has reported two sources closely related to the case.
Twitter reported that hackers were able to access intranets by hacking the accounts of Twitter employees, and eventually they closed the hacked accounts.
Fraudsters spread the same message to all hacked accounts, which prepares users who will submit Bitcoins to an account mentioned in the text of the message by multiplying the number they will pay in return, which is a common scam for cryptocurrency.
The tweet says: “I am giving back to the community. All Bitcoin coins sent to the account listed below will be re-sent again double! If I send $ 1,000, I’ll give you $ 2000. I’ll do it for just 30 minutes.”
Scammers received 355 donations via bicotine coins totaling approximately $ 118,365,000.
The FBI had previously said: “We are aware of the security incident that occurred which includes several Twitter accounts of prominent individuals and it appears that the accounts have been compromised with the aim of fraud in cryptocurrencies.”
Twitter shares at the time of writing the report fell by about 0.96% today to $ 34.94, and the company’s market value reached $ 27.49 billion.
This is not the first time that Twitter accounts have been exposed to security problems. In 2017, a rebel Twitter employee closed President Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes on his last day of work.
The profile of the CEO of twitter company Jack Dorsey was hacked last year by hackers, and suggested they place a bomb at Twitter’s headquarters.
Twitter said at the time that Dorsey’s phone number had been hacked, “which allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message.”