Unscrupulous hackers attacked Google’s official Twitter account for G Suite. The scammers posted a giveaway that prompted people to send in Bitcoin (BTC). Google has deleted the post and is working with Twitter to investigate the matter.
The scam post read, “Google is giving 10 000 [sic] Bitcoin to all community! We decided to make the biggest crypto-giveaway in the world! Now you can make payments in Gsuite using cryptocurrency!”
The post gave a wallet address and urged users to “sеnd frоm 0.1 to 2 BTC tо the address bеlow and gеt frоm 1 to 20 ВTC back!” It is currently not clear whether people fell for the scam, or how much, if any, money they lost. But considering the broken English and misspelling of G Suite (not to mention implausibility), at least this con may have been highly suspect to many.
A Google spokesperson did not go into great detail, but simply confirmed the attack:
“This morning an unauthorized promoted tweet was shared from the G Suite account. We removed the tweet and are investigating with Twitter now”.
He added that the G Suite account was “inappropriately accessed and that they would continue to closely monitor the situation”.
Unfortunately, similar Twitter scams have been highly prevalent this year
However, what is most frightening is that besides small-time cons, hackers have infiltrated the accounts of other major corporations and figures as well. Just a few days ago, a hacker impersonated Elon Musk, making a similar scam offer. Additionally, this week Target was the victim of a similar attack.
This means that the fraudulent giveaways are appearing in the timelines of millions of followers. But, similar to the the recent G Suite hack, the English of the giveaway was somewhat broken. In fact, the Musk post used nearly identical wording: “I’m giving 10 000 Bitcoin (BTC) to all community!”
Fortunately, there is a strong community fighting these scams
You can download one of several extensions to flag suspect links based on giant blacklists. Meanwhile, Twitter is working to crack down on this issue as well. So far, the main effort focused on automatically blocking any account attempting to use the name of notable figures or companies.
Also, Twitter is “testing new measures” in order to keep up with the current hacks. Finally, it’s worth noting that many shared the news of the scam to inform others on Twitter. So there is clearly support from average users as well.
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