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Later, I got to know not only Elon Musk but the twitter accounts of public figures like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and many others were also hacked. They then posted messages seeking Bitcoin solicitations - with a promise to return double the amount - on a series of high-profile Twitter accounts. Following the incident, Twitter discontinued the feature to send tweets via SMS earlier this year in most countries. "More updates to come as our investigation continues".
Twitter Support's official Tweet read, "We have locked accounts that were compromised and will restore access to the original account owner only when we are certain we can do so securely".
Most if not all these accounts were Twitter verified, and between them they shared tens of millions of followers. This happens all the time, but the unusual thing about today was that the tweets were coming from Musk's verified account.
Bitcoin investor Cameron Winklevoss warned his followers about the hack after the account of the company he co-founded, Gemini, was compromised in the attack, along with a number of other cryptocurrency accounts.
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The tool appears to allow users - ostensibly Twitter employees - to control access to a user's account, including changing the email associated with the account and even suspending the user altogether.
"We are lucky that given the power of sending out tweets from the accounts of many famous people, the only thing that the hackers have done is scammed about $US110,000 in bitcoins from about 300 people", he said.
"Tough day for us at Twitter".
Twitter termed the security incident as a "coordinated social engineering attack" against its employees who access its internal tools. "This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing", a spokesperson for the billionaire said in a statement. The FBI said it was aware of Twitter's security breach, but declined further comment. His account apparently tweeted out the same bitcoin wallet address.
The election analyst, Nate Silver, pieced together: "Poll shows democrat leading" thanks to @everyword, a bot account tasked with tweeting out every word in the English language.