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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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Cyberhackers have doubled their ransom demand to $42 million to unlock celebrity files on a law firm's compromised servers.

The hackers also threatened to reveal "dirty laundry" on President Trump if their demands are not met by next week, Page Six reported.

Hackers illegally accessed the computer systems of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, a law firm based in New York City that represents a long list of high-powered VIPs, corporations, A- and B-list celebrities and pro athletes.

An unsuspecting employee may have clicked a phishing link, giving the hackers access to the company servers.

The hackers then downloaded over 756 GIGs of data including contracts and personal e-mails, according to Page Six.

The hackers demanded $21 million to unencrypt the data. That ransom has now doubled to $42 million.

When the law firm's founder, prestigious celebrity attorney Alan Grubman, refused to pay the ransom, the hackers claimed they would publish President Trump's dirty laundry.

"The ransom is now [doubled to] $42,000,000 … The next person we'll be publishing is Donald Trump. There's an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time.

"Mr. Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever. And to you voters, we can let you know that after such a publication, you certainly don’t want to see him as president … The deadline is one week.

“Grubman, we will destroy your company down to the ground if we don't see the money."

The long list of clients include Drake, LeBron James, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Nicki Minaj, Mike Tyson, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Spike Lee, Lil Nas X, and many more.

The law firm also represents corporations, including MTV, HBO, EMI Music, Playboy Enterprises, Spotify, and more.

The police are powerless to help the law firm because the hackers are based in Russia or some other far flung communist country that doesn't cooperate with U.S. law enforcement.

The police usually advise hospitals, municipalities, and corporations that are hacked to pay the ransom or lose all their files.

Some companies back up their hard drives and databases on the Cloud or at offsite digital storage facilities that can't be accessed by hackers. But the hacking group deleted the law firm's backup files.

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Celebrities and pro athletes are sweating bricks after a prestigious law firm that represents them was hacked and their personal data was compromised.

The hackers threaten to release the personal data to the public if $21 million ransom isn't paid very soon.

Hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, a law firm based in New York City that represents a long list of high-powered VIPs, corporations, A- and B-list celebrities and pro athletes.

The hackers used a phishing link in an email to trick an employee into giving them access to the company servers. Then they downloaded over 756 GIGs of data including contracts and personal e-mails sent and received by clients, according to Page Six.

Now the hackers are demanding $21 million ransom to restore the data and unlock the firm's website, which is down.

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The long list of clients include Drake, LeBron James, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Nicki Minaj, Mike Tyson, Maria Carey, Mary J. Blige, Spike Lee, Lil Nas X, and many more.

The corporations repped by the law firm include MTV, HBO, EMI Music, Playboy Enterprises, Spotify, and more.

The law firm can't access any client files online because the hackers have the files encrypted. Only the hackers can access the files.

The police are powerless to help the law firm because the hackers are based in Russia or some other far flung country.

The police usually advise hacked hospitals, municipalities, and corporations to pay the ransom.

Some social media users are hoping the law firm doesn't pay the ransom so they can learn if LeBron is indeed paying child support for a love child.

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