Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk and Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates Twitter accounts appear to have been hacked in an elaborate cryptocurrency scam.
I am giving back Bitcoin to all of my followers. I am doubling all payments sent to the Bitcoin address below.
You send 0.1 BTC, I send 0.2 BTC back!
BTC Address : bc1qxy2kgdygjrsqtzq2n0yrf2493p83kkfjhx0wlh
Only going on for 30 minutes.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2020
The tweet gave the impression that the tech billionaires would give back Bitcoin to their followers if they sent payments to a certain Bitcoin address for only 30 minutes.
Currently, Elon Musk’s Twitter account has a message from the hackers but in the case for Bill Gates, he has managed to secure his account and delete the scam tweet.
Targeting such influential tech figures is an elaborate way for such scammers to con people out of their hard earned money due to Elon and Bill Gates’ clout.
This is not the first time we have seen celebrity accounts getting hacked or Bitcoin being used for elaborate scams. This has never stopped hackers from trying to guess the login credentials for influential figures and they have been successful multiple times in the past.
It now includes Apple’s main Twitter account which is usually dormant and Uber’s main Twitter account.
We are giving back to our community. We support Bitcoin and we believe you should too!
All Bitcoin sent to our address below will be sent back to you doubled!
Only going on for the next 30 minutes.
— Apple (@Apple) July 15, 2020
Due to Covid-19, we are giving back over $10,000,000 in Bitcoin!
All payments sent to our address below will be sent back doubled.
This is only going on for the next 30 minutes! Enjoy!
— Uber (@Uber) July 15, 2020