June 9, 2023

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Bitcoin scammers appear to hack Elon Musk, others on Twitter


Screenshot by Chuck Reynolds/CNET

A series of tweets posted Wednesday from verified accounts — including Elon Musk’s — appear to be part of a large-scale hack.

“I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19,” the now-deleted tweet from the Musk account reads. “I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!”

The tweet ends with a link where unsuspecting readers can send Bitcoin. We’ve blacked that bit out in the screenshot above.

It’s a similar situation to scams we’ve seen before, including in 2018, when hackers took control of the verified Twitter accounts of Target and Google’s G-Suite.

And, it seems that Musk’s was only one of several high-profile accounts to get hacked.

“ALL MAJOR CRYPTO TWITTER ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED,” tweeted Cameron Winklevoss, co-founder of the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange. “We are investigating and hope to have more information shortly.”

“WARNING: @Gemini’s twitter account, along with a number of other crypto twitter accounts, has been hacked,” added Tyler Winklevoss, echoing his twin brother and Gemini co-founder’s concern. “This has resulted in @Gemini, @coinbase, @binance, and @CoinDesk, tweeting about a scam partnership with CryptoForHealth. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK! These tweets are SCAMS.”

This is a developing story.

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