Google joins list of “bitcoin giveaway” Twitter hacks
In yet another hack attack, Google’s official G Suite Twitter account was broken, with the post informing followers of a fake bitcoin promotion. The users were prompted to “sеnd frоm 0.1 to 2 BTC” with a promise to “gеt frоm 1 to 20 ВTC back.”
First time I've seen this scam – it's a promoted tweet, but If you click the user ID in the tweet, it actually takes you to the legit G Suite Twitter account. Very clever. @Google @gsuite pic.twitter.com/Us7ygYZMi6
— Andrew Maxey (@andrewmaxey) November 13, 2018
This news comes not long after a variety of Twitter accounts were taken over by hackers and altered to impersonate Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The accounts of a movie studio, publisher, and New Jersey Representative Frank Pallone Jr., were hacked and altered in order to post similar images pertaining to a bitcoin promotion.
Due to the popularity of these Twitter accounts, hacks are usually discovered within an hour. Despite such a short amount of time, and because the accounts have such a huge number of followers, hackers are given a much wider and diverse group of victims. Hackers who managed to gain access to the Twitter account of clothing retailer Farah, with a little over 15,000 followers, were able to make an astonishing $37,000 in a few hours.
Although Twitter has begun locking accounts impersonating Elon Musk, the social networks will clearly need to do more in order to retain the trust of its users and stop future hacks.