Marketing App had Compromised Google and Targeted Twitter Accounts in Recent Bitcoin Scam
On Nov 16th, the tech news website TheNextWeb.com reported that the recent Bitcoin scam on Twitter was executed by compromising verified Twitter accounts of famous companies with the help of a third party marketing app.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed this news to TNW. There were no issues with Twitter's system but the accounts were hacked through a third party marketing app for sharing Bitcoin giveaway links in order to scam the community members. The spokesperson hesitated to reveal the name of that third party application.
Many verified Twitter accounts with a huge follower base was hacked by the attackers to share the BTC giveaway links.
Many verified Twitter accounts with a huge follower base was hacked by the attackers to share the BTC giveaway links. The famous company accounts among the compromised accounts are Google's G Suite and the US retail store Target. A Target representative also confirmed that the attackers were able to gain access to the Company's official Twitter handle through a marketing application which was authorized to tweet on behalf of the company.
Previously on Nov 14th, Cointelegraph had reported about Google and Target's Twitter account hacks which have nearly 800,000 and 1.92 million followers, respectively. The attackers even changed the message of the G Suite account which said that the users could pay through cryptocurrencies.
Cointelegraph had reported about Google and Target's Twitter account hacks which have nearly 800,000 and 1.92 million followers, respectively.
In early November, the Twitter accounts of the famous US politician Frank Pallone Jr. and film production firm Pathe U.K. were compromised by the hackers group and then the name & display picture of the accounts were changed to look like Tesla founder Elon Musk. After gaining access, the hackers tweeted bitcoin giveaway links to scam the followers.
It is also to be noted that the scammers have already posed as Elon Musk many times. The Tesla founder even approached Dogecoin creator Jackson Palmer for the anti-scam script which Palmer had created.