Financial Times: Hacked @Apple account was a virgin

The bitcoin donation scam racked up more than 100 grand before the internet caught on.

From “Twitter hack targets Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Apple and hundreds more” ($) posted Wednesday:

Twitter experienced an unprecedented hack on Wednesday when bitcoin scammers sent a series of tweets from the official accounts of Apple, Uber, Joe Biden, Elon Musk and hundreds of others, reaping more than $100,000 and raising security questions for the social media platform.

The platform said that some of its employees had been targeted by a social engineering campaign, allowing hackers to gain access to its internal systems. It was still investigating the severity of the incident, it said.

Appearing across multiple high-profile accounts in a matter of minutes, various tweets promised users that the account holders would double donations from anyone who sent funds to a bitcoin address…

Apple, whose verified Twitter account @Apple has never sent a message since it was set up in September 2011, tweeted: “We are giving back to our community. We support Bitcoin and we believe you should too!”

My take: @Apple, of course, had no comment.


  1. David Emery said:
    Am I the only one who thinks this whole situation is funny?

    July 16, 2020
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    I have empathy with how one can see a degree of levity in the Twitter hack, but it doesn’t take long before I see the seriousness and the ramifications such hack has not only on Twitter, but on all social media platforms.

    As the political elections near, this hack serves only as a reminder how rogue nations can undermine our democracy. I also see how the hack easily can undermine our financial investment system. For example, Elon Musk has a history of sending out weird tweets, and yesterday’s tweet from his account easily could have said something relative to Tesla’s production schedule for rogue investors to short the stock. Then I think of how this hack just feeds more fodder to Congressional representatives seeking to over regulate technology companies.

    This hack will cost Twitter in more ways than one.

    July 16, 2020

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