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A bitcoin scam has reportedly targeted a number of prominent US figures, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden and Kanye West.
The attack tried to trick people into sending amounts of the cryptocurrency, targeting millions of Twitter users by sending out false tweets. A post from Gates’ account, for example, said: “Everyone is asking me to give back. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”
Another from presidential candidate Joe Biden read: “I am giving back to the community. 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. Enjoy!”
The tweets told followers that they had just 30 minutes to transfer their money if they wanted to get the promised amount back.
Twitter has said that the scam used the platform’s internal systems and tools to carry out the attack, and that it is taking “significant steps” to limit access to these while the company carries out its investigation.
The company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, tweeted: “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.”
Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.
We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.
? to our teammates working hard to make this right.
— jack (@jack) July 16, 2020
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