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Update: Every verified account with blue checkmarks have been locked by Twitter.

Update I: Apparently, the Twitter account of a high ranking Twitter staffer was sold on the black market. That account - which has user access to every Twitter account - was compromised by hackers on Wednesday.

Update II: A message on the dark web reads:

"Don't purchase any Twitters for the time being, the internal employee panel was hacked and someone has access to any Twitter they want. You will also see lots of scams, don't fall for them."

 

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Hackers targeted the Twitter accounts of high-profile politicians and tech billionaires in a coordinated bitcoin scam.

The hackers hit the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama and former VP Joe Biden on Wednesday. President Trump's Twitter account wasn't hacked.

Also targeted were tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

The hackers somehow gained access to the high profile accounts and offered to send Twitter users $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address.

The tweets read: "I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19! All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000 I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for the next 20 minutes. Enjoy!"

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The fake tweets were sent simultaneously on the hacked Twitter accounts of America's wealthiest men and high-profile politicians.

Biden's staff locked down his Twitter account almost immediately and the tweets were swiftly deleted, but not before hackers collected over $110,000 in bitcoin currency.

Twitter released a statement noting it was aware of the highly embarrassing security breaches on their platform and they are working to figure out how the hackers compromised the accounts.

Update: Kanye West's Twitter account was also hacked.

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Remember the hackers who attacked a New York City law firm that represents bold name celebrities and pro athletes?

The hacker group, which calls itself REvil, hacked into the computer network at the prestigious law firm owned by Allen Grubman earlier this year.

They threatened to leak dirt on celebrities and politicians, such as President Trump, if they didn't receive ransom money by a certain date.

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Well, the ransom wasn't paid, so the group posted a new message on the dark Web saying it will "auction" off the dirt it allegedly has on LeBron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and others starting at $600,000 per star.

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The group also threatened to auction off information on the Democratic Party, Sean Combs's Bad Boy Records and other companies for $1 million per company.

The group claims to have information pertaining to the Democrats bribing celebrities and sexual harassment by top politicians.

The group wrote: "Bribery celebrity's [sic] by the Democratical [sic] party, sexual harassment by top politicians, envy of celebrity’s for each other ... all of that is waiting for you in files of Grubman company."

It isn't clear which media outlet or blog has that kind of cash in today's economy to pay for dirt on washed up rappers (Nicki) and pro athletes who are nearing retirement (LeBron).

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