An official, verified Twitter account owned by Google has become the latest to be hacked to host a crypto “giveaway” scam.
Twitter user @B_u_r_t_o_n spotted the promoted tweet on the account of Google’s productivity and collaboration tools line, G Suite, on Tuesday, and managed to post a screenshot before it was deleted by the tech giant.
The tweet had attempted to scam Twitter users via a fake giveaway offer, prompting them to “sеnd frоm 0.1 to 2 BTC tо the address bеlow and gеt frоm 1 to 20 ВTC back!”
Google and Twitter have reportedly confirmed the incident and are investigating the matter.
“This morning an unauthorized promoted tweet was shared from the G Suite account. We removed the tweet and are investigating with Twitter now,” a Google spokesperson said in a report from Business Insider.
A Twitter spokesperson was also quoted as saying that the G Suite account was “inappropriately accessed and that they would continue to closely monitor the situation.”
The news marks just the latest instance of a verified Twitter account getting compromised in order to promote crypto scams. Hacks earlier this month saw accounts held by a U.S. lawmaker, a film company and a book publisher taken over to impersonate SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk.
The company tweeted:
“Early this morning, our Twitter account was inappropriately accessed. The access lasted for approx. half an hour & one fake tweet was posted during that time about a bitcoin scam. We have regained control of the account, are in close contact with Twitter & are investigating now.”
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