Bitcoin heist Twitter hack affecting Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and other top profiles took place on Wednesday
Around 4 pm, the hacks used the accounts to request for $1000 worth of bitcoin sent to an anonymous bitcoin account, with the promise of sending back $2000.
Though Twitter took swift action to lock down and delete the tweets from affected accounts, as soon as they noticed the “hijack”.
The bitcoin account was funded with an estimate of $100,000 during the time the tweets were live.
Twitter blamed the heist on hackers who got access to its internal infrastructure
“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” Twitter said.
“We know they used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf.”
” We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it.”
Twitter added: Internally, we’ve taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools while our investigation is ongoing.