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Major websites such as the BBC, New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Guardian, Reddit, and the Disqus commenting platform were hit by a massive Internet outage ovrnight.

The Internet outage affected Amazon.com and Fastly.com, which provide updated news content to many websites.

The BBC and United Kingdom's government page, were temporarily down during a massive outage early Tuesday, NBC News reported.

Social media users took to Twitter.com early Tuesday to say most of the websites they normally visit were down.

Fastly.com, an American cloud services provider, issued an update on its status page at about 5:58 a.m. ET., saying the "issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented."

It isn't clear if the websites were hit by a Russian cyberattack.

The global outage comes a day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it had recovered most of the cryptocurrency ransom paid to a criminal hacker group that hit Atlanta-based Colonial pipeline, causing gas prices to surge nationwide in mid-May.

The DOJ used "sophisticated technology" to recover $2.3 million of the $4.4 million in Bitcoins paid to the Russian-based Darkside hacker group that compromised Colonial's IT system.

Colonial paid the ransom to the hacker group within 48 hours after the cyberhack in May.

JBS meat processing company was also hit by ransomware, resulting in the shutdown of all of its North American meat packing plants earlier this month.

"The sophisticated use of technology to hold businesses and even whole cities hostage for profit is decidedly a 21st century challenge," said U.S. attorney general Lisa Monaco, during a press conference on Monday afternoon. "Today we turned the tables on DarkSide."

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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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