Twitter earlier today suffered what was the biggest hack on its platform ever. Popular verified accounts like Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Apple and more were hacked with tweets that were part of a bitcoin scam.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the hack saying that it’s a “tough day” for everyone at the company.
The Twitter hack took place in the wee hours of the morning. The message in the bitcoin scam tweets read, “We are giving back to our community. We support Bitcoin and we believe you should too! All Bitcoin sent to our address below will be sent back to you doubled!”
According to The Verge the first bitcoin scam tweet seemed to have started from Elon Musk’s Twitter account. This was later followed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ Twitter account hacked.
Twitter Support acknowledged the hack around 3:00 am saying that it is investigating the issue. Since the hack caused bitcoin scam tweets to be sent out from accounts, Twitter disabled verified accounts from tweeting or even changing the password. Unverified accounts could still tweet as the hack affected only verified accounts on Twitter. Verified accounts on Twitter have the blue tick on their profiles.
An hour back Twitter Support updated that most accounts should be able to tweet again. Twitter is however still working on a fix and these functionalities may be limited again.
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