Some of the world’s most famous people had their Twitter accounts hijacked by criminals

Barack Obama, the former US president, Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, Elon Musk, the Tesla boss, and Kanye West, the rapper, all suffered the same hack. Scammers took hold of their accounts and told people they had 30 minutes to send $1,000 worth of the cryptocurrency bitcoin to a special link with the promise of receiving twice as much back.

Others hacked included Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, Kim Kardashian, the reality television star. The Twitter accounts of Apple and Uber were also affected.

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