Google Account Hacked in Twitter Bitcoin Giveaway Scam
Google records as the latest victim of the bitcoin giveaway scam on Twitter.
On Tuesday, the Twitter account search giant’s suite of productivity apps and tools, G Suite, was hacked and used to promote a fraudulent bitcoin giveaway.
The hackers via the account tweeted: “Google is giving 10,000 Bitcoin (BTC) to all community! We decided to make the biggest crypto-giveaway in the world! Now you can make payments in Gsuite using cryptocurrency,”
The fraudsters did not explicitly ask for crypto but asked willing participants to verify their addresses by sending between 0.1 to 2 BTC and get it back multiplied ten times.
The hacking of G Suite’s Twitter account occurred hours after a similar thing occurred to US retail giant, Target. The retailer confirmed the incident, indicating that it lost control of its Twitter account for around 30 minutes.
Target 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,”
The giveaway scam initiated via Target’s account was however half of what was being offered in the case of G Suite.