„A legendary event! I’m selling all my properties and distributing half the money,“ says one of Elon Musk’s fake profiles.
Recently a hacker attack against Twitter compromised several important accounts of influential people and used this access to spread a scam with cryptomorphs, more specifically using Bitcoin. After the recent attack, the name of Elon Musk continues to be used to apply scams in a very common type of fraud that steals Bitcoins.
According to the Independent website, while the account of Elon Musk was recovered after the initial attack, the problem with the fake profiles using the name of the entrepreneur to apply scams and steal Bitcoins and other cryptomoins was not bypassed. In fact, it seems that the problem has become endemic in different platforms like Twitter and YouTube.
Curiously, a series of accounts verified on Twitter under the name of Elon Musk are responding to the comments in the real profile of the entrepreneur. The answers have a very similar content, informing about a raffle that Musk would be holding. Making reference to the most recent launch of SpaceX. The messages said:
„The launch was a great success. This is how we will celebrate, just go to this site: www. musk-giving. com“.
Profile verified by passing Elon Musk.
Another of the messages, even more „bizarre“ states that:
„A legendary event! I’m selling all my properties and distributing half the money“.
In this last message the user is directed to the site www. claimtesla. com.
The spaces between the words are purposeful so that the Twitter algorithm can not track these addresses and block the messages automatically. The links lead to a page in the Medium, which then leads to an „official“ link from a Bitcoin site. In this site we have the classic „Send x Bitcoins to receive double“ or to compete for a Tesla electric car.
As you can imagine, the address disclosed by „Elon Musk“ is a malicious site and everything is just a fraud that steals Bitcoin, which besides trying to apply a scam can potentially infect computers with different malware.
These are relatively common scams that are not only on Twitter, but are also recurrent on YouTube. The profiles used to propagate these fake advertisements are hacked from verified people and the name is changed to try to trick the most inattentive.
The platforms where these messages are clearly propagated have problems (or are apathetic) to these cases. YouTube has even had cases where these hacks were spread through paid advertisements.
The video platform was even processed by Ripple’s administration.