Twitter handles of billionaires Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and other to high profile individuals such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Gates were hacked Wednesday to promote a Bitcoin scam.
According to Bloomberg, others affected were Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, and the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos.
Hacked people and organisations include Gemini, #Binance, Binance’s CEO, #Coinbase, CoinDesk, and KuCoin, said Hacker News.
The accounts sent out tweets promising to double the money sent by anyone sending money via Bitcoin within the next 30 minutes.
Twitter posts, which have been deleted, were fired off from an array of high-profile accounts on Wednesday telling people they had 30 minutes to send $1,000 in bitcoin in order to be sent back twice as much.
Uber and Apple Twitter handles posted similar tweets with the scam soon after.
Apple Twitter account , with over 4.6 million followers, was devoid of any tweet at 22.50 GMT.
Cybersecurity news platform The Hacker News said the bitcoin account involved had already received nearly $1,060,000.
One unconfirmed report said the scammers may have stolen as much as $10m.