Obama, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and more targeted in Twitter hack

  • A few high-profile celebs have fallen victim to a "coordinated social engineering attack".
  • Twitter said they are aware of hackers sending fake tweets asking for fans to send bitcoin to a specific cryptocurrency address.
  • The hackers managed to secure $100 000 (R1.6 million) in less than an hour.

A few high-profile celebs just fell victim to a major Twitter hack.

Hackers posted tweets from the accounts of Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, as well as Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and many more. The tweets asked fans to send bitcoin in exchange for a reward to a specific cryptocurrency address, reports Sky News.

Co-founder and CEO at Twitter, Jack Dorsey tweeted: "Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened."

He said: "We're diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened."

Further, Twitter released a statement saying they believe what happened was a "coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools".

The company said they were taking the necessary action and during their investigation would be limiting access to internal systems and tools.

According to USA Today, the scammers managed to secure $100 000 (R1.6 million) in less than an hour.   

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