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🚨BREAKING🚨 The Twitter accounts of some of the world’s most powerful people, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Michael Bloomberg were compromised earlier today, with hackers using their access to tweet out a Bitcoin scam. Millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin have reportedly been transferred to the hackers. The compromised accounts included former President Barack Obama, current Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, businessman and former Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Other effect accounts reportedly include brands such as Apple and Uber, and entertainers like Kanye West The hack put the accounts of some of the world’s most powerful people in the hands of an unknown party, who used their control to start a cryptocurrency scam, asking the accounts’ followers to send quantities of Bitcoin to a digital wallet belonging to the hackers. The scam messages told Twitter users that they would be beneficiaries of billionaire philanthropy, receiving double what they paid into the Bitcoin wallet. “I am doubling all payments sent to my BTC address for the next 30 minutes,” said the scam messages. “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.” Many Twitter users fell for the scam, with the Bitcoin wallet racking up the equivalent of $7.8 million according to individuals tracking the Bitcoin blockchain activity. Details are still emerging about what accounts were affected, but early reports indicate that they include rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, and the corporate accounts of Apple and Uber in addition to Obama, Bloomberg, Musk and Gates. In addition to the Bitcoin scam, the hack may have exposed the private Twitter messages of a former President of the U.S., a current Presidential candidate, and the Prime Minister of Israel to an unknown third party.
That Massive Twitter Hack Revealed More Than Just a Bitcoin Scam https://t.co/TeHordhEEV— RedState (@RedState) July 17, 2020
It's worse than that. The tools were revealed.— EngineeringOnDemand ❌ (@EngOnDemand) July 16, 2020
What was also revealed were images of Twitter’s top-secret admin panel. What was on there? The ability to shadow-ban and trend-ban, both things conservatives have suspected existed for years despite the denials from Twitter itself.
NEW: Twitter says hackers got access to 'internal systems' by targeting employees.— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) July 16, 2020
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The White House has been in "constant contact" with Twitter over the past 18 hours to ensure the president's account is secure, according to Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. "The president will remain on Twitter but his account was secure and not jeopardized during these attacks," McEnany added. The hack was part of a Bitcoin scam on Wednesday that raised more than $117,000 from unsuspecting followers, according to Bitcoin-tracking website Blockchain.com. High-profile accounts that were compromised include former President Barack Obama, former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, billionaire Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The hack also affected companies like Apple and Uber. Go to the link in our bio for more on this story.