The attackers promoted a fake distribution of bitcoin and Ethereum through the hacked Twitter account of the investor and the star of the TV show Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary.
On behalf of the celebrity, the hackers claimed that he had made “a lot of money” in recent years from cryptocurrencies and decided to give away 5,000 BTC and 15,000 ETH.
Further in the messages, the scammers wrote that the investor announced the event on CNBC the day before and his account was not hacked.
The fake posts were removed after a few hours.
The link promoted by the scammers to receive free cryptocurrency led to their website. It was presented by scammers as O’Leary’s official platform for giving away digital assets.
“Anyone can participate, including from the United States,” they emphasized.
The journalists noticed that the attackers probably reused a modified site that was previously created for a similar scam on behalf of Elon Musk. The Tesla logo is placed on the top of the page, and the company name appears in the URL. In the comments on the site, there is gratitude to Musk for transferring a certain amount in bitcoin.
In response to questions from users regarding the hack, O’Leary noted that the Twitter team fixed the issue in 3 hours and 9 minutes.
no, #hackers eradicated like the #cockroaches they were. Than you @elonmusk and the people @Twitter They fixed it in 3hr & 9min. Impressive in the middle of the holidays. I think of my #Followers as family, we don’t agree on anything but nobody f#c*s with my Family! https://t.co/gmAiwmEEgB
— Kevin O’Leary a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful (@kevinolearytv) December 30, 2022
“Impressive considering the holidays. I think of my followers like family. We do not agree on everything, but no one will have my family! ”, The investor said.
Recall that in December, an unknown person put up for sale a database of 400 million Twitter users, including O’Leary’s contact information.
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