Various Business Twitter Accounts Hacked By ‘Elon Musk’

Various Business Twitter Accounts Hacked By ‘Elon Musk’

Pathé Films, which was hacked, was able to get the control back after some time and deleted the tweet.

I decided to make the biggest crypto-giveaway in the world, for all my readers who use Bitcoin.

After Twitter reportedly restricted (and banned) numerous accounts sharing the likeness of Tesla & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, one of the social media platform's foremost stars, reports have arisen that claim that the world-renowned entrepreneur has been impersonated yet again, this time in a context pertaining to Bitcoin (BTC).

In line with a huge number of similar scams which have appeared on Twitter this year, the fraudulent account invites users to participate in a giveaway in order to win a huge sum of Bitcoin - in this case, 10,000 BTC ($64.1 million).

There are other verified accounts which have been used by the hackers which have commented under the original "Elon Musk" tweet but with different names leading Twitter users to believe that this is legitimate.

On November 5th, a series of verified Twitter accounts were hacked and shifted into fake accounts representing Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Boring Co., SpaceX, Tesla, and more. Its avatar and display name have also been changed to remove any mention of Elon Musk.

They included links with the posts that sent users to a webpage where they were asked to send anywhere between 0.1 BTC ($640) to one full Bitcoin ($6,400) with the promise they would receive a 10x return. The first wave of these scams appeared on March and they have since become so frequent that in October, Elon Musk himself joke tweeted about it, asking "Wanna buy some Bitcoin?"

A lot of people have also criticized Twitter for even allowing people to do this.

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One of the scam tweets.

It is, however, something rather amusing in the fact that they did decide to use Elon Musk for this.

However, it seems like the problem continues to malign Twitter accounts.

What is Twitter doing about it?

A Twitter spokesperson told the BBC that the company has "substantially improved how we tackle crypto-currency scams on the platform".

Security experts claim that bots are now being used to automate such scams. Elon Musk sought the help of Dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer.

In January, Twitter saw an influx of Litecoin (LTC) founder "Charlie Lee" impersonators, with multiple imposters posing as the LTC creator and promoting a fake LTC giveaway.

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