Twitter (TWTR) accounts belonging, among other prominent handles, to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Apple were compromised on Wednesday and posted tweets that appeared to promote a cryptocurrency scam.
The accounts, along with those of former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Mike Bloomberg, posted similar tweets on Wednesday requesting donations to their verified profiles via Bitcoin.
“Everyone is asking me to give back and now is the time,” said Gates’ tweet, promising to double all the payments for the next 30 minutes to a Bitcoin address.
CEO Jack Dorsey said in a Wednesday tweet that it was a “tough day at Twitter for us.”
“We all feel bad about this,” said Dorsey. “We ‘re diagnosing and will share all we can if we have a more complete understanding of what exactly happened.”
A little over an hour after the attack started, Twitter apparently moved to prevent verified account holders from tweeting. Nevertheless, unverified accounts could still tweet.
“As we investigate and fix this incident, you might not be able to tweet or reset your password,” Twitter’s support account said, adding that “any other account features” will also be limited.
Around 8:30 p.m. ET, approximately three hours after Twitter first publicly said it was investigating the apparent hack and a little more than two hours after it shut down tweeting for some accounts, Twitter said most accounts had been fully restored.
“Most accounts should be able to Tweet again. As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go.” the company said. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
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