The Twitter accounts of billionaires Bill Gates and Elon Musk were apparently hacked on Wednesday by scammers promoting crypto scams.
The attack also targeted accounts belonging to CoinDesk, Binance, Ripple, Gemini, and other well-known figures in the cryptocurrency world.
Some of the messages were removed shortly after they were published, and executives at the affected companies tweeted warnings not to fall for the scams.
The Tesla CEO account issued a mysterious tweet this afternoon that read:
“I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19. I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!” The tweet also contained a bitcoin address, most likely one associated with the hacker’s crypto wallet.
The tweet was removed and replaced with one more tweet featuring the fake promotion.
Another tweet posted to Gates’s account echoed Musk’s latest tweet, with an identical BTC address attached. It was also removed shortly after publication.
It is unclear how hackers were able to access top profile accounts, even those that are blocked with 2FA.
Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss, whose company Twitter was also compromised by hackers, said they are investigating the crime.
He wrote on twitter: