Perhaps the biggest Twitter hack of all time was perpetrated Wednesday against such notable figures as Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, and others, according to multiple reports.
The hacked accounts appeared to be part of a scam to solicit donations of Bitcoin by posting tweets to the accounts of the prominent figures.
A tweet from Bill Gates read: “Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” while former President Barack Obama’s tweet said: “I am giving back to my community due to COVID-19.”
At the time of this writing, and within minutes of the tweets, a Bitcoin account connected to the solicitations showed more than 320 donations worth $113,000.
Biden and Gates were among the prominent figures confirming the tweets did not come from them and were the result of the hack. By late afternoon, the counterfeit tweets were removed from the accounts.
The hack also targeted prominent brands such as Apple and Uber, according to reports.
Twitter said it was aware of the problem and was “taking steps to fix it.” There were reports of Twitter users with verified accounts having intermittent problems posting anything while Twitter was under the hood trying to fix the issue.
We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 15, 2020