Lately, hackers violate verified Twitter accounts in cryptocurrency giveaway scam (scam cryptocurrency donation), which uses the name of its CEO Tesla, Elon Musk. There is not much information about cryptocurrency scams on Twitter, especially those presented as giveaways that Musk is supposed to offer. In 2018, scammers earned $ 180.000 by running a successful giveaway scam called Elon Musk, which was promoted on Twitter.
Last week, MalwareHunterTeam spotted an increase in verified Twitter accounts being compromised in a scam promoting another fake cryptocurrency giveaway, involving the name of Elon Musk.
These accounts respond to tweets, and promote a scam where Musk allegedly offers free cryptocurrencies. Tweets contain links that redirect to an article Medium, which promotes the fake giveaway. Articles contain additional links to scam pages stating that if a user submits bitcoins to the mentioned address, twice the amount will be sent back to him. While most of these tweets use Elon Musk as their "subject", some of the violators accounts also promote fake giveaways by Tyler Winklevoss Gemini Exchange.
The MalwareHunterTeam reported to BleepingComputer that most of the accounts that were compromised as part of this scam were inactive, as the users who owned them did not use them.
As Twitter turned off the ability to verify an account last July, after infringement of the company in a massive cryptocurrency scam, verified accounts are in high demand by hackers. Cybercriminals are likely to target inactive verified accounts so that they are not detected by account holders.
It is worth noting that this scam was extremely successful.
From the cryptocurrency addresses collected from landing pages, it was found that hackers have earned $ 587.000 in bitcoin. Concerning the Etherium giveaway scams, these were not crowned with much success, as they brought the swindlers only $ 2.700 profit.
Since there are many landing pages associated with this scam, it is possible for some of them to be more successful in deceiving users.
Finally, it is important to note that Elon Musk, Tesla, Gemini or the Winklevoss twins will not send you cryptobodies, and that all these giveaways are scams.