- The scammers managed to access over 20 unused but verified Twitter accounts, changed the profiles to make them resemble the "SNL" Twitter account and promoted a fake crypto giveaway purportedly by the Tesla CEO, Malware Hunter tweeted Saturday.
- Victims were duped into sending small amounts of the cryptocurrencies to verify their addresses and under the false promise they would receive 10 times the amount in return.
- This earned the scammers $40,840 in BTC, $13,758 in ETH and $42,457 in DOGE for a total of $97,054, Bleeping Computer reported.
- The mass hijacking is reminiscent of the Twitter hacks in July 2020 that saw prominent accounts – including those of Joe Biden and Elon Musk – taken over to promote a similar scam.
- Twitter said soon after it was bringing in extra security measures to help keep such events from happening again.