OnePlus Founder's Twitter Account Hacked to Promote Crypto Scam

Carl Pei seemed be tweeting that his new company was launching a crypto.

May 25, 2021 at 9:42 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:01 p.m. UTC

The Twitter account of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei was hacked on Tuesday to promote a crypto scram.

  • Carl Pei seemed be tweeting that his new company, Nothing, was introducing a cryptocurrency and would-be investors could participate in its initial coin offering by sending ethereum to a designated address.
  • Pei subsequently told tech news website Engadget's senior editor, Richard Lai, that the quickly deleted tweet was the result of a hack. He also tweeted to his followers on his own account.
  • The China-born Swedish entrepreneur left electronics manufacturer OnePlus in October 2020 to set up Nothing, which is set to unveil its first products in June.
  • Hacks of high-profile Twitter accounts are nothing new. Most notably in July of last year the accounts of some of the world's most-followed individuals, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West and Joe Biden, were hacked to request amounts of bitcoin be sent to designated addresses with a promise of double being sent in return. The perpetrators netted around $120,000 from the scam.

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