A recent Bitcoin scam that saw several verified Twitter accounts compromised came from an outside app, according to a technology news outlet The Next Web (TNW).
A Twitter representative who spoke on condition of anonymity told TNW that the attack did not come from Twitter’s system but a third party marketing solution. Nevertheless, the representative declined to name the app.
The Twitter spokesman said hackers exploited 3rd party marketing solutions to share fake Bitcoin giveaway links on dozens of compromised verified Twitter accounts. And tech giant Google was among the victims.
The report comes a week after a number of prominent individuals and reputable sites – including Tesla founder Elon Musk and Google – had their Twitter accounts compromised to promote a Bitcoin giveaway scam.
The scams were promoted through Twitter’s paid advertising platform. Nearly $200,000 in virtual currencies such as Ethereum and Bitcoin were stolen from unsuspecting users.
Target, one of the victims, confirmed the report. The company said attackers used third-party marketing software to post content on the company’s behalf.
Coindoo reported Wednesday that Google’s G-suite official Twitter account was breached and used to advertise a BTC giveaway scam to over 800K followers of the page. Attackers promised users $10,000 in Bitcoin. But users had to send a certain amount of BTC to a specific address in order to claim their reward. Also, they announced that G-suite now accepts payments in Bitcoin. However, the tweet disappeared after about 10 minutes. Google is yet to issue an official statement regarding the incident.
Twitter hacks have been going on for some time now. Prominent people and brands have witnessed their accounts getting compromised. Even Tesla founder Elon Musk has sought expert opinion on how to stop these attackers. He purportedly reached out to the creator of Dogecoin Jack Palmer to help him get rid of malicious bots impersonating him.