The Twitter accounts of major public figures, including billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and Tesla
The compromised Twitter accounts, including some high profile bitcoin and cryptocurrency industry accounts, posted similar messages within minutes of each other early Wednesday evening asking Twitter users to claim high-value rewards.
It’s unclear how the hackers gained access to the accounts. Twitter has been contacted for comment.
“We have partnered with CryptoForHealth and are giving back 5,000 BTC,” one of the hacked Twitter accounts posted.
The accounts of major bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges Binance and Gemini were affected, as well as blockchain news outlet Coindesk.
Some of the posts were deleted after being sent, however, some accounts have continued to post links to the scam.
Donations to the linked bitcoin address, which can be seen here, have now passed $100,000.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated