Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West And Others Hit By Bitcoin Hacking Scam
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Online hackers have managed to access some very high profile social media accounts in an attempt to scam Bitcoin.
The breach has affected the likes of Tesla founder Elon Musk, rapper Kanye West, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and big companies like Apple and Uber.
The scam has essentially conned people into sending their Bitcoin to the registered account promoted in the tweet, promising to double it.
Musk's Twitter account has been hacked several times in the past hour, with one tweet saying: "I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19! All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000! Only doing this for the next 30 minutes! Enjoy."
The wording has appeared in similar formats across the affected accounts.
According to Blockchain.com, the Bitcoin account used in some of the tweets has received more than USD $100,000.
Musk has deleted the original tweet, however another one has sprung up in its place, suggesting the hackers still have access to his account.
Twitter says it is 'looking into this' to determine where the hack originated and whether they can pinpoint who was behind the massive online heist.