Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos had their Twitter accounts hacked Wednesday afternoon in an apparent cryptocurrency giveaway scam. Other accounts including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, and Square’s CashApp were also hacked. Update, 2:45 p.m. PT: Here’s the first statement from Twitter:
The tweet below was posted from Gates’ account at 1:34 p.m. PT, but was then deleted. The same tweet from Gates appeared at 1:48 p.m. PT.
“We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates,” a spokesperson for Bill Gates told GeekWire. “This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing. Twitter is aware and working to restore the account.”
A tweet from Musk was sent out just before 1:30 p.m. PT and was also deleted, before another appeared at 1:50 p.m. PT. Update: Another similar tweet appeared at 2:19 p.m. PT.
Biden, Obama, and Bezos were also hacked:
Here are the tweets from Apple and Uber’s accounts:
Uber responded with this:
More than $100,000 had been funneled to the bitcoin address included in the tweets.
Twitter stock was down more than 3% in after-hours trading.
Here is more commentary from others:
The Verge noted that Musk has been targeted by bitcoin scammers in the past.
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