We reported earlier that Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals were compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam.
The chaos began when Elon Musk’s Twitter account was seemingly compromised by a hacker intent on using it to run the scam.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ account was also seemingly accessed by the same scammer, who posted a similar message with an identical bitcoin wallet address.
Both accounts continued to post new tweets promoting the scam almost as fast as they were deleted, and Musk’s account in particular appears to still be under the control of the hacker as of 5:56PM ET. Accounts of Apple, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and others were also hacked in quick succession.
Twitter acknowledged the situation after more than an hour of silence, writing on its support account, “We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.”
In reaction to the incident, Nigerians took to Twitter to make cyber-fraud jokes about alleged internet fraudster Hushpuppi and his connection or (lack thereof) to the hack.
Hushpuppi and his accomplices were arrested and accused of allegedly duping almost two million people in a massive scam which saw a joint force of Interpol, FBI and Dubai police cracking down on them.
If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
See some reactions from Nigerians to the Twitter hacks below:
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 pic.twitter.com/bH1iScOXD2
— King Nonny 👑 (@Zaddy_nomso) July 15, 2020
Hushpuppi when FBI interrogates him about Bill Gates, Elon Musk and other Twitter hacks.pic.twitter.com/aM3yxBqbus
— Omoniyi Israel (@__Omoissy) July 15, 2020
They just pulled a hushpuppi on Elon musk & Bill Gates.
The hackers already made 33k dollars in 7 minuets 😲🙆🏿 pic.twitter.com/PyXThxYAvh
— VECHILZ ✪ (@Vechiallen) July 15, 2020
Hushpuppi: See I’m inside here and they’ve scammed you people of one Billion Trillion Dollars from Bill gates and Elon Musk page, see I’m innocent nau
— Obong Roviel 👑 (@ObongRoviel) July 15, 2020
Hushpuppi’s IT students out here dealing with Bill Gates, Elon Musk and co.
— Zoba (@utdzky) July 15, 2020
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Apple, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Obama & so on are getting hacked through a Bitcoin Scam. Some ppl don the Tag am to Hushpuppi. Nawao
Hushpuppi no good as una de rate am. Smart ppl no de shout.
Abi UNA DEY MAD?
— EBUKA. 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@king_miffy) July 16, 2020
– Bill Gates
– Elon Musk
– Joe Biden
– Warren Buffett
– Kanye West
– Michael Bloomberg
– Jeff Bezos
Abeg release Hushpuppi to go and learn work.
— Al'ameen✨ (@Al_ameen_Yabo) July 15, 2020
Hushpuppi's big brother Jimasun has hacked Elon Musk, Apple, Barack Obama, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye west, Uber, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and some others today. How i won take protect the last 1k wey dey my current account now. God protect my account o, abi all of dem no ge BVN ke?🤔😂
— MAZZING🎤 (@AM_Mazzing) July 15, 2020
Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Jeff Bezos twitter accounts were hacked. Could this be hushpuppi and his team or we have another gang of unknown fraudsters?#HushpuppiArrest #Hushpuppi pic.twitter.com/9x34EuaUSw
— Unfvckwithable (@OMGitsMoneybag) July 16, 2020
Hushpuppi's reaction when he hears that Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Apple, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Obama & so on are getting hacked through a Bitcoin Scam. pic.twitter.com/fQvjm1DQW3
— Elegante 💿 (@ChuksClassie) July 16, 2020