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Joe Biden, Barack Obama and others targeted in massive Twitter hack asking victims to send money to Bitcoin account

2020-07-19

First the glitter bomb, now the Twitter bomb.

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama were just a few of many high-power movers and shakers to have their Twitter accounts hacked Wednesday in an elaborate cryptocurrency scam.

“I am giving back to the community,” read a tweet supposedly posted by Biden. “All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you send $1,000 I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for 30 minutes,” according to a screen grab acquired by Business Insider.

A similar tweeted appeared on Obama’s Twitter account.

Also hit was Elon Musk.

“I’m feeling generous because of COVID-19,” allegedly tweeted the SpaceX CEO. “I’ll double any (bitcoin) payment sent to my (bitcoin) address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!”

Blue-chip companies were struck as well.

“We are giving back to our community. We support Bitcoin and we believe you should too!,” read the official Apple account. “All Bitcoin sent to to our address below will be sent back to you doubled.”

The blockchain address used in the scam had already collected about $26,000 worth of bitcoin by Wednesday afternoon, according to TechCrunch.

Early Wednesday evening, the hackers had infiltrated Kim Kardashian’s account.

“Feeling nice! All (bitcoin) sent to my will be sent back doubled, enjoy,” the reality star allegedly wrote.

The tweet appears to omit the the word “account” but the meaning is evident.

Twitter finally addressed the issue late Wednesday afternoon and then provided an update three hours later.

“Most accounts should be able to Tweet again,” wrote Twitter Support about 8:40 p.m. EST. “As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go. We’re working to get this back to normal as quickly as possible.”