Twitter Accounts of Google and Target Hacked to Scam Bitcoin
Now, it looks like the Twitter (TWTR) accounts of two major companies have been compromised by a single hacker or group of hackers looking to promote similar scams. Over the last 24 hours, the accounts of both Target (TGT) and Google (GOOGL) have been compromised to promote the same Bitcoin scam, where the hackers promoted tweets to prompt unsuspecting crypto investors to send their digital currency in the hopes of receiving a larger quantity.
For the first time, following the initial Target hack, Twitter released a statement to TNW’s Hard Fork regarding the current scam situations and what users can do to stop it. However, this statement leaves much to be desired, as they simply recommend consulting with the platform’s security page.
“We’ve been in close contact with Target this morning and can also confirm that their account was inappropriately accessed for approximately half an hour, after which we swiftly locked the account so Twitter could thoroughly investigate the issue,” Twitter told TNW.
Google has not yet made a public statement regarding their own hacking, but the fact that both company tweets were able to pass the screen for promoted content brings a great deal into question regarding Twitter’s review system.
Early this morning, our Twitter account was inappropriately accessed. The access lasted for approx. half an hour & one fake tweet was posted during that time about a bitcoin scam. We have regained control of the account, are in close contact with Twitter & are investigating now.
— Target (@Target) November 13, 2018
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