Scammers to Use Musk' Name Again

Using hacked 'verified' Twitter accounts and Elon's name, hackers were able to still about $170k
06 November 2018   154

On November 5, hackers cracked several confirmed Twitter accounts to impersonate Tesla head Elon Musk, Business Insider reported. One of the attackers managed to collect $ 170,000.

After hacking, hackers changed names and profile pictures and continued to make posts. They also announced that Ilon Mask had organized the distribution of 10,000 bitcoins, in this case Bitcoic, and published a link for those who want to participate.

Fake Elon Musk
Fake Elon Musk

According to the link, to participate, you must confirm your wallet address, but this required sending from 0.1 to 1 BTC. Back promised to send from 1 to 10 BTC. For senders over 0.5 bitcoin, a bonus was provided.

To circumvent the built-in protection of the social network, the attackers changed the letter “l” in the name to a similar sign. The name and surname remained similar to the real ones, but Twitter did not recognize deception.

The hackers used several accounts to scam, including filmmaker Pathe UK and American politician Frank Pallone.

Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markey received confirmation from campaigners politician that the accounts was hacked. They also believe that this is not politically motivated.

Further, the journalist notes that a total of $ 158 256.75 was sent to one of the addresses. At the time of this writing, the account has 26.3842 BTC, or about $ 170000.

A little later, the film company returned access to the account and deleted posts related to the distribution of cryptocurrency.

G Suite & Target Twitter Accounts Hacked

Scammers hacked verified G Suite and Target Twitter account to use it for another fake "crypto giveaway"; 5.8634 bitcoins received
14 November 2018   97

Twitter accounts of one of the leaders in US retail Target and Google G Suite services were hacked by unknown, who immediately announced the free giveaway of bitcoins. The legitimate owners returned access to their pages quickly enough, but fraudsters still managed to get about $ 30,000.

After hacking the account G Suite, which has more than 800k subscribers, announced the distribution of 10 000 BTC. As reported by The Next Web, this post was deleted after 10 minutes. At the moment, Google has not commented on the situation.

Scammers message
Scammers message

Account Target, which has a little less than 2M subscribers, announced the distribution of 5 000 BTC.

Representatives Target confirmed hack of account, starting an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

Early this morning, our Twitter account was inappropriately accessed. The access lasted for approx. half an hour & one fake tweet was posted during that time about a bitcoin scam. We have regained control of the account, are in close contact with Twitter & are investigating now.

As exploers show, there were no transfers to the of hackers of the G Suite account. However, with the help of a post on the Target page, attackers were able to get 5.8634 bitcoins.