In the past 24 hours, the popular social media app, Twitter has been abuzz as Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, business owners and corporations, were hacked and used to commit bitcoins scam and defraud unsuspecting Twitter users and members of the public of whooping sums of monies.
The hacking incident has caused beliefs that Nigerians or Hushpuppi masterminded the scam from his prison cell.
The scam which lasted for only 30 minutes took place on the late hours of Wednesday after a hacker hacked into the official Twitter accounts of several notable persons and asked unsuspecting members of the public and Twitter users to send him or her bitcoins in return for receiving double the amount of bitcoins they sent.
The hacker targeted America's most prominent business men, politicians and celebrities such as Barrack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Uber Technologies Inc., Apple Inc. and Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.
In the tweet which was sent over 3,330 times from several locations, the hacker posing as their victims promised that they were giving back to the society, beginning the scamming tweet with the phrase "I am giving back to my community due to COVID-19”.
Many persons have fingered Nigerians as the masterminds of the hacking incident. This is due to the proclivity of Nigerian youths to be involved in online scams used to defraud unsuspecting persons, usually called "Yahoo Yahoo" or "419".
The recent arrest and imminent prosecution of a suspected fraudster, Raymond Olorunwa Abbas alias Ray Hushpuppi, who was arrested by the Dubai police for defrauding persons of millions of dollars, has done nothing but pushed the belief that if anyone could pull off such a scam, then it would be Nigerians, or even Hushpuppi himself.
The narrative that Hushpuppi orchestrated the hack attack right from inside the prison walls was brought by some Nigerians on Twitter, notably one King Nonny with Twitter username @Zaddy_Nomso who said "Hushpuppi sent from Dubai to the US & suddenly Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Apple, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Obama & so on are getting hacked through a Bitcoin Scam. You can silence the Big Dog, but you might not be able to Hush Puppy".
Although some Nigerians have constituted themselves into a nuisance by defrauding people online, the narrative that the hack on notable persons accounts was orchestrated by Nigerians or even Hushpuppi may not be true. This is as a former employee of Twitter has been fingered to have orchestrated the hack incident.
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