A huge number of verified Twitter accounts have been stolen and used to tweet a Bitcoin giveaway scam.
Among this hijacked accounts was Google’s official G Suite Twitter account, which has more than 800,000 followers.
Researchers believe that hackers’ success in hijacking high-profile, verified accounts with some help from Twitter.
Apparently, hackers stole the Google account to tweet out an ad for the scam, which attempts to lure victims into participating in a 10,000 BTC giveaway scam; which involves victims to invest a small amount of money in exchange for a chance to win the big pot.
The fake twitter message was visible on the stolen account’s home page and on in its feeds for about 10 minutes.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Although the message was quickly removed, many become victims of it.
Also this week, the same hackers hit the official accounts of the Indian Consulate in Frankfurt, IT consultancy Capgemini, the Consulate General of India in Germany, California state senator Ben Allen and Israeli politician Rachel Azaria, with similar hacks and fake tweets.
This November there was an assault on the verified Tweeter accounts, many of them promoting the same ad scam.
In one case, the fraudsters changed the profile name and picture to impersonate Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
This type of scam also targeted Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum.
This scam was first spotted in July when hackers hijacked the official Twitter account of the long-canceled FOX show Almost Human.
Researchers say that this new scam technique is nothing more than a variant of the 419 scams that have plagued email users for so long.
În order to stop this scams, experts say, that Twitter should make two-step verification via a third-party app like Google Authenticator mandatory for verified accounts.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.