Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates hacked in cryptocurrency scam

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New Delhi : Twitter accounts belonging to high-profile figures such as Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Joe Biden and more sent out tweets that were associated with a cryptocurrency scam on Wednesday, according to reports.

Speaking about the incident, Twitter’s account said, "We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly."

It is worth mentioning that many verified accounts were blocked from tweeting for a while as Twitter was investigating the incident.

Approx three hours later, Twitter's support account said, "Most accounts should be able to Tweet again. As we continue working on a fix, this functionality may come and go. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible."

Twitter's founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said that the company is still working toward learning exactly how the extensive breach in security occurred.

"Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened," Dorsey wrote in a tweet. "We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened."

"[love] to our teammates working hard to make this right," he added.

Some celebrities made light of their accounts being temporarily disabled.

"I have been hacked for 11 years. This is my first true tweet," wrote Chrissy Teigen after accounts had been restored. "Hello everyone. Did anything interesting happen. I love cats!"