Massive Twitter hack hits politicians, celebrities, tech moguls, companies

Some of the world's richest and most influential politicians, celebrities, tech moguls and companies were the subject of a massive Twitter hack on Wednesday, news wires reported.

Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Kim Kardashian West and Bill Gates were among the accounts pushing out tweets asking millions of followers to send money to a Bitcoin address.

All of the tweeted messages from the accounts shared similar language. The tweet from Kanye West's account said he is "giving back to my fans"; the message from Bezos' account said he had "decided to give back to my community"; and Musk's account said "feeling greatful."

Bezos, Musk, and Gates are among the 10 richest people in the world, based on Forbes' calculations. According to the AP, the three men have a combined worth of $362bn.

Twitter, in a statement, said the company was aware of the "security incident" and was investigating. The tweets sent by the hackers have since been deleted.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted several hours later that it was a "tough day for us at Twitter." "We all feel terrible this happened," Dorsey added. "We're diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened."

A spokesperson for Bill Gates confirmed a tweet sent from his account was not sent by Gates himself. "This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing," the spokesperson said.

Joe Biden's campaign issued a similar statement, saying, "Twitter locked down the account immediately following the breach and removed the related tweet."

Companies, including Apple and Uber, were apparently hacked as well. Following the incident, all of Apple's tweets appeared to have been deleted.

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