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Twitter handles of Obama, Biden, Musk hacked to solicit digital currency

Twitter prevents at least some verified accounts from publishing messages after 'worst hack of a major social media platform'.

Barrack Obama. Photo: PTI
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Barrack Obama. Photo: PTI

Joseph Menn, Raphael Satter and Katie Paul | Reuters San Francisco
A series of high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked on Wednesday, with some of the platform's top voices--including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality television show star Kim Kardashian, former U.S. President Barack Obama, billionaire Elon Musk, and rapper Kanye West, among many others--used to solicit digital currency.

Nearly two hours after the first wave of hacks, the cause of the breach had not yet been made public. In a sign of the seriousness of the problem, Twitter took the extraordinary step of preventing at least some verified accounts from publishing messages altogether.

It was not clear whether all verified users

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First Published: Jul 16 2020 | 5:43 AM IST

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