Apple’s official Twitter account hacked by Bitcoin scammers
Apple’s official @Apple Twitter account has been hacked by a group of Bitcoin scammers who today launched attacks on the accounts of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and more.
The hackers have shared tweets claiming to offer a double return on Bitcoin when unsuspecting followers transfer money to the scammers, with the hack also seeing Apple’s Twitter profile picture changed.
Alongside Apple, the hackers have managed to compromise the official brand account for Uber and Cash App, as well as the accounts for Kanye West, Warren Buffett and Barack Obama to name but a few.
The scam tweet was removed from Apple’s account within less than 10 minutes, with it marking the first-ever tweet to be shared from the @Apple account, with all previous tweets being promoted “ghost tweets” that served the purpose of advertising only.
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
According to a report from CoinDesk, many of the accounts hacked today were using two-factor authentication and the scam has so far netted the crooks well over $100,000 worth of Bitcoin.