Kanye West, Barack Obama, Apple & MORE Twitter Accounts HACKED!

Kanye West
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MAJOR companies and verified accounts had their Twitter profiles hacked on July 15.

Several news sources report this was the most “widespread and confounding” hack Twitter has ever seen. During the hack, the unidentified hackers promoted a bitcoin scam that earned them a lot of money. Business Insider reports the hackers made over $120,000 worth of bitcoin, but it’s still not exactly clear how much. The hackers sent out Tweets and messages promising bitcoin payments. Most of the Tweets sent out said that the celebrity or high profile person would be “giving back to their community” and that all bitcoin sent to a particular address would be sent back doubled. 

Celebrities and big names like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Apple, former President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg had their accounts hacked. Twitter reportedly confirmed they “took necessary steps to block new tweets from every verified user, compromised or no, as well as locking all compromised accounts.” So if you weren’t able to send Tweets yesterday (July 15) around 5 in the afternoon, this is most likely the reason. Twitter had to disable a wide range of their service for a couple of hours to prevent the scam from spreading more. 

Twitter said in a statement that the company detected what they believed to be “a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.” 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said yesterday was a tough day!