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Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West and Obama are among many victims after massive Twitter hack aims to dupe Bitcoin (BTC) holders out of their cryptocurrency.
Elon Musk’s Twitter account was apparently hijacked today following a series of attacks on cryptocurrency-related accounts, including major exchanges such as Binance, and U.S.-based Coinbase, and Gemini.
Other handles compromised included the @Bitcoin Twitter account. Musk’s account pinned a tweet to his feed at 4:17pm ET which suggested that the entrepreneur would double any Bitcoin sent to a wallet address.
Musk has, in the past, discussed cryptocurrencies on his Twitter feed, suggesting that he owns 0.25 Bitcoins.
Scammers have been known to use this technique to dupe Bitcoin owners into sending irreversible transactions to a digital wallet.
Bill Gates’ account was also targeted as the attack continued.
While the attackers initially concentrated on crypto-native accounts, they expanded to technology leaders including Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and then to celebrities like Kanye West.
After ten minutes, the wallet address that was posted on Musk’s account already contained 3.64 Bitcoins, worth $34,498 at the time of writing.
Prior to Musk’s account being hacked, the wallet had only received 0.6527 Bitcoins after being posted on the hacked accounts of numerous exchanges.
Numerous other accounts within the cryptocurrency space had already been accessed by the apparent hack, including the largest exchanges in the space.
Binance and Coinbase have 2.2 million Twitter followers between them, although Musk’s account is an order of magnitude larger, with 36.9 million followers.
While the original tweet was soon deleted, a new version popped up again within seconds, suggesting that the attack was ongoing.
In other trending Bitcoin News today:
Glassnode Says ChainLink Buyers on Rampage As Crypto Asset Bursts Into Top Ten by Market Cap
A new Glassnode Insights report says exchanges have witnessed a significant surge in LINK deposits over the last few weeks, suggesting that early investors were incentivized to unload their ChainLink holdings as the cryptocurrency soared in value.
“On July 4th, the number of LINK exchange deposits reached an ATH, with ~5000 individual deposits totaling nearly four million LINK (worth almost $19 million at the time)… Then, on July 13th, LINK exchange deposits spiked again (albeit less intensely than the previous spike).”
Despite the surge of ChainLink deposits to crypto exchanges, on-chain metrics show buyers are outmuscling sellers. Glassnode says exchange withdrawals skyrocketed to its second-highest level, indicating that those who recently bought LINK plan to HODL.
The considerable growth in addresses that hold non-zero LINK balance supports the idea that market participants are bullish on the crypto token.
The metric posted a new all-time high this month, suggesting the rising number of LINK HODLers.
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