Apple’s official Twitter account has been hacked this afternoon as part of a wide-ranging Twitter compromise. The official @Apple account is one of many high-profile accounts to have been hacked this afternoon as part of this Bitcoin scam.
The tweet has already been deleted but can be seen in the above screenshot. It was up for around 5 minutes. Remarkably enough, it represented the first-ever tweet to come from the official Apple account, with Apple only using its Twitter account to run promoted content.
This hack is likely a Twitter-level compromise of some sort and has affected countless high-level executives and brands. In addition to Apple, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Uber, Kanye West, and many more have also had their Twitter accounts compromised.
All of the tweets from each account are highly coordinated. The pitch is that the brand or person will double any payment sent to the included Bitcoin address. According to a report from CoinDesk, many of the accounts were using two-factor authentication.
More to come…