- Numerous high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked in attack on Wednesday
- Scam tweets requested bitcoin in attempt to dupe gullible victims
- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's Twitter was hijacked
- Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and Mike Bloomberg were also hacked
- All accounts displayed similar messages requesting bitcoin transfers
- Scam promised to send back double the amount to anyone who donated
- Although many users knew it was a scam, some shared they had sent in money
- Blockchain records show that around 300 people sent bitcoin to the hackers
- Twitter says it is aware of the attack and is working to fix the issue
Twitter has suffered a massive security breach after dozens of prominent accounts were hijacked and displayed scam messages requesting transfers of bitcoin to an anonymous account controlled by the hackers.
The attack unfolded on Wednesday evening, with the affected accounts including presidential candidate Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.
Former President Barack Obama, the most popular account on Twitter with more than 120 million followers, was also targeted, as were the corporate accounts of Apple and Uber.
In an urgent response to the breach, Twitter took the extraordinary step of temporarily blocking all verified accounts from tweeting. Shares in the company fell nearly 4 percent in after-hours trading.
'While account take-overs are commonplace, this would be appear to be a compromise on an unprecedented scale,' Brett Callow, a threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told DailyMail.com of the breach.