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Gates, Musk, Bezos Beg for Bitcoins In Massive Twitter Hack

Sam Arnold

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Celebrity Twitter users like Bill Gates and Kanye West got hacked Wednesday in a Bitcoin scam that raked in over $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin owners were in for a ride Wednesday when verified Twitter accounts suddenly asked them for bitcoin donations. If you haven’t seen blue check accounts in your feed, this could be why.

Who’s Asking for Bitcoin on Twitter?

CNN reports that Twitter security was compromised Wednesday. Prominent accounts suddenly tweeted for bitcoin. Users included Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, and President Barack Obama. Hacker on Bill Gates’ account even promised to “double all payments to a Bitcoin address.”

I’m Not Verified, so Can I Still Tweet?

Twitter responded to the hack by limiting user access. If you have a verified account, chances are you can’t tweet or reply to tweets. If you don’t have a blue check, then no problem. A little over two hours after the hack passed before Twitter restored its functions.


So, Celebrities Got Hacked. What’s the Problem?

You can’t just laugh off celebrity Twitter hacking. Many world leaders, like President Trump, use Twitter. In Trump’s case, he announces significant policies there. A lot of worldwide agencies also use Twitter. Hackers getting into these accounts could sow chaos around the world. Just one misleading tweet, and you got another country firing nukes at you. Twitter could beef up its cybersecurity.

I Think I Gave Elon Musk Some Bitcoin. What Happened to It?
According to CNN Business, some of the Bitcoin wallets in the hack became active only on Wednesday. The hackers only needed hours to make money. In that time, Twitter users dropped $100,000 worth of bitcoins into their wallets. The hackers also made sure to spread the bitcoins to other wallets.

CNN reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is on the case. This new celebrity hacking case should remind us not to give away money on the internet. Just because a celebrity asks us to, it doesn’t mean we should.

Arnold is a senior British tech reporter at Tekrati. Before joining Tekrati, Arnold worked as an editor for his University Newspaper, writing sharable content for a student audience. Sam loves movies, running, and anything written by Oliver Sacks. The drink he chose is tea, which he does not recommend in large quantities.

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