The hackers we're able to get people to send in money by promising to double whatever they sent as a way of giving back to the society and since these accounts are of popular people, it was easy to believe it.
In one of the tweets, the hacker posted:
" You asked us to give back and now we have complied. We are going to be doubling any amount you send to this cryptocurrency account. This offer is open for 30 minutes only.
He then posted the bitcoin wallet address and lots of people started sending in money, thinking they were sent to Bill Gates, Whiz Kalifa, and others.
Twitter has since responded by locking all verified accounts so the hackers won't have access to post scam anymore. They are also working on tracing the person behind the scam and have come up with one person's name and his address, which they shared with the general public.
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