Bill Gates, Elon Musk Twitter Accounts Hacked In “Nigerian” Bitcoin Scam, Over $53,000 Stolen In Minutes

Bill Gates, Elon Musk Twitter Accounts Hacked In “Nigerian” Bitcoin Scam, Over $53,000 Stolen In Minutes

Tyler Durden

Wed, 07/15/2020 – 16:55

The twitter accounts of two of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Elon Musk (and perhaps others) were hacked late on Wednesday, in what appears to be a version of a “Nigerian” bitcoin scam.

At 440pm ET, Musk tweeted the following:

Microsoft founder Bill Gates had a similar tweet.

While it’s not clear if Apple was also hacked, all of its tweets appear to have been wiped clean:

Other, less prominent accounts also seemed to be hacked at around that time, including this one:

Amazingly, in just the few minutes that the hack was active, it appears that nearly 6 bitcoin, or over $53,000 was sent to the hacker’s address.

Naturally, it wasn’t clear who was behind the shocking password breach, but according to the Malware Tech blog, a Twitter employee with access to the user management panel was hacked.

Of course, this being twitter, it didn’t take long for humorous hot takes:

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Author: Tyler Durden

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