Twitter has now become a playing—perhaps more like a hunting ground for both crypto Scammers and hackers.
Yesterday, Twitter announced that the personal website of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been hacked.
A series of tweets were sent from the account asking followers to donate cryptocurrency to a relief fund.
Even though Twitter said it was aware of the activity and had taken steps to secure the compromised account, the trend of high-profile Twitter security breach is now worrying.
In July this year, US Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and Tesla founder Elon Musk accounts were hacked by the same crypto Scammers a matter that FBI said had investigated and a 21 year old behind the hack was nabbed.
“We are actively investigating the situation. At this time, we are not aware of additional accounts being impacted,” a Twitter spokeswoman said.
The tweets, which have now been taken down, asked followers to donate cryptocurrency to the PM National Relief Fund.
In June, Twitter said 130 accounts had been targeted in a major cyber-attack of celebrity accounts but only a small subset of those 130 accounts had control seized by the attackers.
The security breach saw Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian West, Apple and Uber tweet a Bitcoin scam to millions of followers. The FBI was called in to investigate.
Twitter said the attackers were able to bypass the accounts’ security because they had gained access to Twitter’s own internal administration tools.
“Since the attack, we’ve significantly limited access to our internal tools and systems to ensure ongoing account security while we complete our investigation.”
Cryptocurrencies are extremely hard to trace and the account the cyber-criminals used had more than Sh 10 million quickly emptied.
Some Twitter users have also questioned how crypto hackers keep on tempering with Jack Dorsey, the owner of Twitter Inc’s dashboard.
Jack Dorsey was last year seen trotting Africa in a mission to amass great crypto minds while stating that Africa will define the “bitcoin” future.
Sad to be leaving the continent…for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part. 🌍 pic.twitter.com/9VqgbhCXWd
— jack (@jack) November 27, 2019
While others questioned how the hackers always successfully manage to take control most verified accounts, mostly after Twitter’ Ransom Racket,which had been reported to have happened on Monday.