Target has officially confirmed his Twitter Account has been hacked to promote a malicious scam taking advantage of cryptocurrency, promising more than $ 31 million Bitcoin BTC to naive investors.
"Early this morning, Target's Twitter account was inappropriately accessed, "a spokesperson for the company said in an email to Hard Fork. "Access lasted for about half an hour and a fake tweet was posted during this time about a Bitcoin scam."
"We are in close contact with Twitter, we have removed the tweet and locked the account while we investigate further," said the retail giant in Hard Fork. Unfortunately, the origin of the violation remains unclear.
For those who are not aware, hackers briefly accessed Target's profile earlier this morning.
Taking advantage of nearly two million readers, the attackers tweeted links to a fake gift, encouraging users to send small amounts of cryptocurrency for a chance to win 5,000 BTC (over $ 31 million).
It should be noted that the attackers also took control of other prominent accounts, perhaps to try to make more legitimate the donation link published in Target's profile.
It will be removed at some point, so for the record: pic.twitter.com/is0av6MkY1
– Ernst Mulders (@ernstmul) November 13, 2018
Last week, several online retail companies and the second largest film company in Europe, Pathé, victim of the same attack. More recently, hackers have successfully diverted the accounts of US and Israeli politicians, as well as the Indian consulate in Frankfurt, in order to trick unsuspecting users.
We asked Target about the details of the violation and we will update that information accordingly, once we know more.
Posted on November 13, 2018 – 15:09 UTC