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[COMMENTARY] Blue Check Twitter Hacked By Bitcoin Scammers

Blue Check Twitter accounts (including yours truly) are currently experiencing a platform-wide shutdown as a bitcoin scam hack aimed at high-profile accounts has shut down all Verified accounts.

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Twitter is aware of the issue and is currently working on it as of this writing. High profile users such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and Bill Gates were among the targets who tweeted out a link promising to double their money if they sent $1000 Bitcoin.

This is by far the largest and most troubling Twitter hack in the platform’s history. Despite recent measures to increase security, such as Two-Step Verification, hackers still seem to find their way in more often than not. Security concerns include the sharing of personal information like bank account routing numbers, home addresses, and phone numbers. Hackers often target Musk, creating fake accounts that look exactly like his in order to sway unsuspecting fans.

While not all of the Verified users impacted by the hack are high profile billionaires and politicians, every account with a blue checkmark is currently in the equivalent of Twitter jail: We can Like tweets, report and block accounts, and DM, but nothing else. It’s First World Problems in a nutshell, but it’s still incredibly frustrating when you’re a regular poor person who’s trying to get yourself a book deal. My own Verification happened in September 2016, when a Trumper made a fake account that looked exactly like mine, then posted a photo of the house I was living in at the time, along with tweets including my address and landline number. One all-caps tweet showed a picture of me with my sons and implied we enjoyed an incestuous relationship. I could go on, but I won’t, because it’s all terrible. Twitter was great and Verified me immediately, but those were different times. Twitter is no longer Verifying accounts other than vetted political candidates.

As we get closer to November, Twitter will have to increase their security measures even further. As of 5 pm PST, Blue Check Twitter was still locked out, while #UnverifiedTwitter is already trending as the non-checked throw a party like teenagers whose parents have left town.

We can make fun, but it’s a scary precedent that we’ll be keeping an eye on. In the meantime, have your fun, Unverified Twitter, we’ll be back soon enough.



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