Apple’s official Twitter account hacked in widespread cryptocurrency scam

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Apple’s official Twitter account has been hacked this afternoon as part of a wide-ranging Twitter compromise. The official @Apple account is one of many high-profile accounts to have been hacked this afternoon as part of this Bitcoin scam.

The tweet has already been deleted but can be seen in the above screenshot. It was up for around 5 minutes. Remarkably enough, it represented the first-ever tweet to come from the official Apple account, with Apple only using its Twitter account to run promoted content.

This hack is likely a Twitter-level compromise of some sort and has affected countless high-level executives and brands. In addition to Apple, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Uber, Kanye West, and many more have also had their Twitter accounts compromised.

The notable Twitter accounts that have been affected by this compromise include:

  • Apple
  • Joe Biden
  • Elon Musk
  • Jeff Bezos
  • Bill Gates
  • Mike Bloomberg
  • Kanye West
  • Uber
  • Cash App

The Apple tweet read:

We are giving back to our community. We support Bitcoin and we believe you should too!

All Bitcoin sent to our address below will be sent back to you doubled! Only going for the next 30 minutes.

All of the tweets from each account are highly coordinated. The pitch is that the brand or person will double any payment sent to the included Bitcoin address. According to a report from CoinDesk, many of the accounts were using two-factor authentication.

Whereas the Apple tweet was quickly removed and has yet to be reposted, tweets continue to be sent and eventually deleted on Elon Musk’s account. In fact, the most recent Tweet from Musk’s account claims that the Tesla CEO sent out $45,000 as part of the promise.

Thus far, the scheme appears to have generated well over $100,000 worth of Bitcoin. This number continues to grow quickly. Twitter has yet to comment on the situation at all, and tweets continue to emerge from high-profile accounts.

More to come…

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