Twitter accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Mike Bloomberg, Kanye West, and Apple, among other prominent handles, were compromised on Wednesday and posted tweets that appeared to promote a cryptocurrency scam.
The accounts, along with those of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and others, posted similar tweets soliciting donations via Bitcoin to their verified profiles on Wednesday.
Hackers took over the accounts on Twitter promising a cryptocurrency giveaway of 5000 BTC ($45,889,950) “to the community”.
The hackers’ messages sent within minutes of each other asked readers to claim their rewards from an inserted link associated with “Crypto For Health”.
A tweet sent from Elon Musk’s account on Wednesday asked for Bitcoin and promised to “double all payments” sent to an address.
“Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” Gates’ tweet said, promising to double all payments to a Bitcoin address for the next 30 minutes.
A spokesperson for Twitter said the company is looking into the issue.