Twitter Accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Kanye West and More Were Hacked

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Dozens of verified accounts on Twitter were hacked yesterday. Tweets were sent out on the accounts of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Apple, Uber and several others that pushed a BitCoin scam. The initial tweet on Musk’s account said, “I‘m feeling generous because of Covid-19. I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!” and was followed by a BitCoin wallet address. As quickly as the posts were deleted new ones popped up. Twitter took unprecedented action and blocked verified accounts from posting, also restricting password and other account changes. As of 8:30 PM on Wednesday, July 15th, it appears the hack has been contained.

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Twitter stock dipped due to today’s hack