Elon Musk, Barack Obama and Bill Gates hacked by Bitcoin scammers

By Tobi Onanuga

Official twitter handles belonging to high profile individuals such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Bill Gates were hacked Wednesday  to promote a Bitcoin scam.

Others affected were Elon Musk, Kanye West and  the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos.

According to Bloomberg, all the compromised accounts sent out tweets promising to double the money sent by anyone sending money via Bitcoin within the next 30 minutes.

The official twitter handles of Uber and Apple posted similar tweets with the scam soon after.

Apple  Twitter account , with over 4.6 million followers, was devoid of any tweet at 22.50 GMT.

Cybersecurity news platform The Hacker News said the bitcoin account involved had already received nearly $1,060,000.

Twitter says it is investigating the issue.

Twitter shares declined 2.3% post market.

Some of the messages sent out by the hackers: