- In what has been dubbed one of the worst social media hacks yet, the world's richest were targeted by a Twitter security breach
- Among those targeted were Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Kanye West and Elon Musk along with countless prominent US politicians
- The hackers requested Bitcoin donations from verified social media accounts belonging to the celebrities
Social media platform Twitter has been hit by a seemingly unprecedented cyberattack which targeted the accounts of some of the world's richest individuals.
To name a few, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates along with Barack Obama, Kanye West and even Joe Biden were hit by hackers.
The attackers requested donations in an apparent Bitcoin scam, encouraging followers to hand over money.
The BBC reports that one example of the attempt to swindle social media users was posted on Gates' account:
"Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000."
The tweets were deleted shortly after they were initially posted, with Twitter scurrying to block verified accounts from posting altogether.
Reuters reports that Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of cyber-security firm CrowdStrike, has labelled the incident as one of the worst in history:
"This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet."
Twitter confirmed that it is currently investigating the security breach and would be issuing a statement on the situation shortly.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Bill Gates had called for world leaders to unite in ensuring equal access to Covid-19 vaccines amid the global pandemic.
The Microsoft founder had urged politicians to set greed aside or risk prolonging the world-wide crisis:
"If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we'll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic."
Gates pleaded that leaders should ensure everyone had access regardless of the available funding:
"We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors."
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