The hackers compromised dozens of high-level Twitter Inc. accounts late Wednesday in an attempt to steal cryptocurrency, and the site appeared to spend the afternoon deleting them and disrupting verified users in the process.
One of the first suspicious tweets came from the Tesla Inc. TSLA Twitter account,
CEO Elon Musk, known for his often colorful tweets.
Account. From there, the list of compromised accounts became a real Who’s Who on Twitter. The company released a statement saying, “We are investigating and taking action to remedy it.” Verified Twitter users, those with the blue check mark, appear unable to post to the site after 3 p.m. PT Wednesday, more than two hours after the tweets started. At 3:40 p.m., some verified users were able to tweet again, but the service remained spotty.
Twitter TWTR Actions,
fell more than 4% after work hours and fell 3.5% after rising 3.8% to close the regular session at $ 35.67. A drop of this magnitude would wipe out over a billion dollars from Twitter’s market capitalization.
Other Twitter accounts that have been compromised include Microsoft Corp. MSFT,
founder Bill Gates, AAPL of Apple Inc.,
account that had never previously posted a tweet, BRK.A from Berkshire Hathaway Inc.,
Warren Buffett, AMZN d’Amazon.com Inc.,
Jeff Bezos, musician Kanye West, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama, as well as former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.
Uber Technologies Inc. UBER,
said his corporate account was also affected and posted a statement on Twitter.
As with Musk tweets, Twitter appeared to delete the scam tweets moments after they were posted.
According to CoinDesk, the Twitter accounts of cryptocurrencies and crypto influencers such as Gemini, Binance, KuCoin, Coinbase, Litecoin Charlie Lee, Tron’s Justin Sun, bitcoin, Bitfinex, Ripple, Cash App and CoinDesk, have also been compromised. BitTorrent also confirmed the hacks and said it was working with Twitter to bring its accounts back to normal.