Prominent Twitter accounts apparently hacked, asking for Bitcoin


"If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000!" the tweets read.

The ruse included bogus tweets from former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Messages posted to the hacked profiles Wednesday afternoon invited users to send bitcoins to a long, anonymized link and said the money would be doubled and returned to the sender.

"All major crypto Twitter accounts have been compromised", Winklevoss warned in a tweet.

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Twitter said that the attack came from hackers compromising one of its employee's accounts. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from "Most functionality has been restored but we may take further actions and will update you if we do", Twitters said added.

A Twitter spokesperson directed an inquiry to updates from the Twitter Support account, which posted a message at 5:45 p.m. ET saying, "We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter". Users of the social media site took notice of the unprecedented hack when accounts with massive followings started cranking out spam.

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The person did not say exactly how Kirk got access to Twitter's internal tools, but hypothesized that a Twitter employee's corporate account was hijacked.

According to a public record of transactions tied to the Bitcoin scam, Bitcoin worth about $113,000 USA dollars has been received through the link provided in the scam.

In the hours after the initial breach, some of the platform's biggest users appeared to be struggling to re-establish control of their accounts.

Twitter confirmed it was working to resolve a "security incident" involving hacked accounts. Now verified Twitter accounts can't tweet right now, but they can retweet and like other tweets - they just can't tweet, for now.

This is hardly the first time hackers have created mischief on Twitter.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive, said in a post on Wednesday night that it was a "tough day for us at Twitter".