Google’s official G Suite Twitter account is the latest to fall victim to social media hack attacks. According to The Next Web, the G Suite Twitter account was briefly hacked to propagate a bitcoin scam.
Lately, Twitter has been seeing an influx of hacks to spread crypto scams and Ponzi schemes. In the past few weeks, hackers have spread various crypto scams by impersonating famous personalities like Elon Musk and even hacking accounts of big companies like Target.
Most of the scams are very similar in that they promise a total of 10000 Bitcoins ($60 Million) to participants. The participants first have to send 0.1-0.2 Bitcoins for which they are promised 1-20 Bitcoins in return.
The G Suite might be the most high profile Twitter hack to happen yet. After hacking the account, the hackers posted a tweet which promised a 10,000 Bitcoin giveaway to more than 800,000 followers which the G Suite account has. The tweet also announced that G Suite has now started accepting cryptocurrency.
The tweet remained live for just 10 minutes after which it disappeared. “This morning an unauthorized promoted tweet was shared from the G Suite account,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “We removed the tweet and are investigating with Twitter now.”
Twitter is well aware of the scams related to cryptocurrency being propagated on the platform since last few months. The social network has tried to curb the scams by instantly locking account trying to impersonate big personalities like Elon Musk and increasing their security. Still, hackers have found workarounds, and have gained access to various verified Twitter accounts.
Just a few months back, Google introduced a ban on cryptocurrency advertisements protect its customers from crypto scams and frauds. The ban covered all of Google’s products banning crypto ads on Google as well as all third-party sites which display Google ads.
However, in September Google rolled back the complete ban allowed registered companies to display crypto ads targetting Japanese and US audience.