HACKED: Obama, Biden Social Media Accounts Targeted By Hackers

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The social media accounts of former President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden were hacked on Wednesday in a coordinated attack.

BizPac Review reports both accounts shared nearly identical tweets concerning the coronavirus and sharing bitcoin.

“I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19!” the tweet posted to Obama’s account read. “All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000!”

Biden’s similarly read: “I am giving back to the community. All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled!”

“Only doing this for 30 minutes,” the tweet added.

The obvious scams were posted to other accounts as well, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg, Apple, Uber, Jeff Bezos, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Mashable reports Twitter actually disabled these accounts and others from posting tweets amid the “massive hack.”

“In an apparent attempt to mitigate the damage from a massive hack, Twitter has cut off the ability to tweet for verified users,” Mashable reports.

The Twitter Support account also posted a message confirming the hack and their subsequent efforts to control it.

“We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly,” the account said.

A few minutes later, the account said Twitter had disabled some of the accounts as they continue investigating the matter.

“You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident,” the account added.

The account later described the incident as a “coordinated social engineering attack.”

The hackers were not only successful in gaining control of the accounts and posting the tweets but they also reportedly raked in $50,000 in Bitcoin investments. From Mashable:

Although most of the tweets were taken down within minutes, the scammers have so far succeeded in getting over $50,000 in bitcoin transfers. The hack is also ongoing: Elon Musk’s account has tweeted and deleted the same scam tweet multiple times over the last two hours.

While the hackers appear to be after bitcoin, the fact that this appears to be a sitewide — and ongoing — incident is a huge cause for concern beyond the bitcoin theft. Considering that President Trump uses Twitter to announce national policy, the thought of a compromised Trump account is terrifying.

The move to turn off tweeting for verified accounts seems like a blunt tool to prevent the hackers from causing further damage, and potentially hacking more people, such as Trump.

However, it’s also left the celebrities, journalists, comedians, and generally verbal people of the world with a lot of pent up quips amid a historic digital crisis.


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