Former US President Barrack Obama and billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are among the prominent US figures targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam.
The scam included tweets requesting donations and offering to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address.
“Everyone is asking me to give back,” a tweet from Bill Gates’ account said. “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”
On the official account of Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX chief appeared to offer to double any Bitcoin payment sent to the address of his digital wallet “for the next 30 minutes”.
“I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19,” the tweet added, along with a Bitcoin link address.
The tweets were deleted just minutes after they were first posted.
But as the first such tweet from Musk’s account was removed, another one appeared, then a third.
Also among those affected were Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian and media billionaire Mike Bloomberg. The corporate accounts for Uber and Apple were also reported to have been hit by the scam.
Twitter said it was a “coordinated” attack targeting its employees “with access to internal systems and tools”.
It added that “significant steps” were taken to limit such access while the company’s investigation was ongoing.