Elon Musk’s official Twitter account was once again hijacked on August 23rd, and its perpetrators started posting bitcoin and ether giveaways to its millions of followers.
The CEO of Tesla had its official Twitter account hacked on Thursday by a fake account. The lookalike account seemed to be verified, sporting a blue check mark, and it started posting to his 22.5 million followers he was giving away crypto coins for free.
“As many of you know by now, we will soon be making Tesla, a private company. It is an important step towards stability, and it would be impossible to move forward in a desirable pace without making such decisions,” posted the hijacker on Musk’s Medium blog.
“As a part of reorganization we will be introducing Bitcoin and Ethereum as official payment methods,” mentioning that “it is one of the steps in moving forward as a company.”
At 3:30 in the morning, the real Musk posted on Twitter, being shortly followed by the post made by the fake Twitter account.
“Love born in the brain is more spirited, doubtless, than true love, but it has only flashes of enthusiasm; it knows itself too. Well, it criticizes itself incessantly; so far from banishing the thought, it is itself reared only upon a structure of thought,” posted in his Twitter feed the real Musk.
The founder and CEO of SpaceX has had his Twitter account targeted by many scammers and bots multiple times in past instances. Similar to this latest attack, accounts that were not actually verified made posts that aimed to trick its followers into giving them their BTC and ETH.
“I want to know who is running the Etherium spambots! Mad Skillz,” read Musk’s Twitter post on July 8th.
Twitter responded straightaway to this attack and stated that they are looking for ways to find solutions to this issue.
“We’re aware of this form of manipulation and are proactively implementing some signals to prevent these types of accounts from deceptively engaging with others,” read the statement.
After the tweet was posted, the shares of Tesla saw an increase of 11 percent. But they dipped right after Musk delivered an interview with the New York Times, telling them that Tesla was experiencing “excruciating times”.