Bitcoin Twitter scam: High profile accounts such as Barack Obama, Kanye West and Bill Gates hacked

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The Twitter accounts of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Barack Obama were among those hacked in what appeared to be a major cryptocurrency scam.

Official accounts on the same social media platform, including those for Joe Biden, Apple, Uber and billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, were also targeted.

They were simultaneously hacked on Wednesday evening and a scammers’ message posted encouraging users to send 1,000 dollars (£794) to a Bitcoin address.

In return, users were promised that their money will be doubled and returned to them.

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