Something normal happened on Twitter earlier today. Someone claiming to be Elon Musk started tweeting an obvious scam to entice his loyal bootlickers to send bitcoin to a random cryptocurrency wallet. This happens all the time, but the strange thing about today was that the tweets were coming from Musk’s verified account. And nearly identical tweets were coming from accounts of people like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, every major crypto-exchange, and I’m quickly losing track of all of ‘em.
This is obviously the result of a Twitter hack the likes of which we’ve never seen before. A spokesperson for the social network told Gizmodo that they are aware of the situation and will issue a statement shortly, which they did right before publication.
We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020
The hackers appear to be using a number of different wallets but the address being used on tweets from Musk and Gates has received around $US59,000 ($84,299) worth of bitcoin so far.
The sudden flurry of activity seems to be calming down. Apple, for instance, is back to its usual standard of having zero tweets after it tweeted the scam just moments ago. But the list of prominent users who were affected continues to grow and now the fake screenshots are taking over so we’ll probably never sort out all the people who were hit by the attack.
This is an ongoing story and we’ll continue updating this post as we receive more information.
ALL MAJOR CRYPTO TWITTER ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED.
— Cameron Winklevoss (@winklevoss) July 15, 2020
On the plus side, Apple just made its first public tweet ever. pic.twitter.com/FfJAWi4gK3
— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) July 15, 2020
Update 9:30am: Twitter, apparently in an effort to stave off the embarrassing hackfest, has blocked many verified accounts from tweeting, which is probably for the best.