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Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk and others hacked in Bitcoin scam

Twitter also took the unprecedented measure of preventing verified accounts from tweeting.

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On Wednesday night, the Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creator quite a bit of money.

The attack unfolded on Wednesday evening, with the affected accounts including presidential candidate Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.

Former President Barack Obama, the most popular account on Twitter with more than 120 million followers, was also targeted, as were the corporate accounts of Apple and Uber.

It is reported that Twitter took the extraordinary step of temporarily blocking all verified accounts from tweeting, according to UN chief of the cybercrime Neil Walsh. Shares in the company fell nearly 4 percent in after-hours trading.

‘While account take-overs are commonplace, this would be appear to be a compromise on an unprecedented scale,’ Brett Callow, a threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told DailyMail.com of the breach.

The company also took the unprecedented measure of preventing verified accounts from tweeting. This would seem to be the first time Twitter has ever done this in the company’s history. Twitter updated its stance on limiting tweets, writing, “We’re continuing to limit the ability to Tweet, reset your password, and some other account functionalities while we look into this. Thanks for your patience.

” Twitter said “most” verified accounts should be able to tweet, adding, “As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go.”

A spokesperson for Gates tells Recode’s Teddy Schleifer, “We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates. This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing. Twitter is aware and working to restore the account.”

According to Motherboard, numerous underground hacking circles have been sharing screenshots of an internal Twitter administration tool allegedly used to take over the high-profile verified accounts. Twitter is now removing images of the screenshot from its platform and in some cases suspending users who continue to share it. The company has not shared any details as to how the hacks were carried out.

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