Musk Impostors Hack Lawmaker, Publisher Accounts in New Crypto Scams

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A number of verified Twitter accounts were compromised Monday – including those owned by a U.S. lawmaker, a film company, and a book publisher – all to impersonate SpaceX and Tesla (NASDAQ:) founder Elon Musk.

Each of the compromised accounts engaged in a well-known crypto giveaway scam by promising to send large amounts of bitcoin to any users who sent them small amounts first.

To further reinforce the impression that the compromised accounts were genuinely owned by Musk, the hackers copied over the Tesla founder’s profile picture and retweeted some of his tweets. Some accounts also pinned the bitcoin giveaway tweet.

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