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
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.