Elon Musk is the latest victim of the cryptocurrency scam attack on crypto Twitter currently taking place. His official account just tweeted a Bitcoin giveaway to his 36.9 million followers, that is, of course, fake.
So far, 2.4 Bitcoin ($22,300) has been sent to the address, either by the perpetrators, or by its victims.
His tweet comes just moments after many popular crypto accounts were compromised. The accounts of major crypto exchanges Binance and Coinbase tweeted a separate scam giveaway, advertising a fake company called CryptoForHealth. The same scam was tweeted by Litecoin founder Charlie Lee.
It is unclear how so many Twitter accounts have been compromised. Andreas Antonopoulos tweeted, “It seems like some Twitter API posting service has been compromised and being used to send out fake “giveaway” tweets from popular crypto/blockchain accounts. “CryptoForHealth” is a scam.”
It seems like some Twitter API posting service has been compromised and being used to send out fake "giveaway" tweets from popular crypto/blockchain accounts. "CryptoForHealth" is a scam.
No way are all these accounts unprotected by strong passwords and TOTP 2FA
— Andreas (@aantonop) July 15, 2020
A Binance spokesperson told Decrypt, “The security team is actively investigating the situation of this coordinated attack on crypto Twitter.”
This story is breaking and will be updated shortly.