- In what has been dubbed one of the worst social media hacks yet, the world's richest were targeted by a Twitter security breach
- Among those targeted were Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Kanye West and Elon Musk along with countless prominent US politicians
- The hackers requested Bitcoin donations from verified social media accounts belonging to the celebrities
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Social media platform Twitter has been hit by a seemingly unprecedented cyberattack that targeted the accounts of some of the world's richest individuals.
To name a few, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates along with Barack Obama, Kanye West, and even Joe Biden were hit by hackers.
The attackers requested donations in an apparent Bitcoin scam, encouraging followers to hand over money.
The BBC reports that one example of the attempt to swindle social media users was posted on Gates' account:
"Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time. You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000."
The tweets were deleted shortly after they were initially posted, with Twitter scurrying to block verified accounts from posting altogether.
Reuters reports that Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of cyber-security firm CrowdStrike, has labelled the incident as one of the worst in history:
"This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet."
Twitter confirmed that it is currently investigating the security breach and would be issuing a statement on the situation shortly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that in the list of richest people in the world in 2020 released by Forbes, Jeff Bezos topped all with $113 billion net worth.
Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, made the second cut with $98 billion. Bernard Arnault and Family in France made number three with $76 billion worth. Warren Buffet and Larry Ellison are number four and five on the list respectively.
Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote, rather made 162nd position out of 2,095 billionaires in the world with $8.3 billion. Mike Adenuga and Abudlsamad Rabiu made 286th and 712th positions with $5.6 billion and $2.9 billion respectively.
In other news, out of the 607 billionaires in America, only five are black people. This somewhat shows that it is especially difficult becoming a wealthy person if you are one of the minorities.
The median white family was richer than its black mate in 2016 by $152,000. Despite the fact the white family was able to increase their wealth by over $50,000, that of the black was stagnant.
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