Hackers breached an official Google account on Twitter to promote a Bitcoin giveaway scam to its 800,000 followers, only hours after Target’s account was also hacked. The official G Suite account tweeted that Google is giving away 10,000 Bitcoin. ‘We decided to make the biggest crypto-giveaway in the world’, the tweet read. After the Target hack, Twitter said that it has improved how it handles crypto scams and that it intends to continue to invest in tools to better handle span in the future.
- Is it Twitter’s responsibility to protect users against scams and hackers?
- Should corporate Twitter users, like Google, be more alert to account safeguarding?
Google’s official G Suite Twitter account is the latest victim of an ongoing Bitcoin scam that has plagued the social media platform over the past few weeks, joining companies like Target (which saw a similar hack this morning) through The Next Web.
G Suite may still be the highest-profile target of the scam, which saw fake tweets originating from the G Suite account pop up this afternoon in user timelines, directing them to a scamy bitcoin address as part of a “giveaway.”
First time I saw this scam – it’s a promoted tweet, but when you click on the user ID in the tweet, it actually takes you to the legit G Suite Twitter account.
Earlier this afternoon, Twitter released a statement to The Verge regarding the Target hack, commenting that the company has improved how it handles cryptocurrency scams, and that it intends to continue to invest in tools to better handle spam in the future. Additionally, at the time that the Target hack was discovered, Twitter found several other accounts that had been compromised – one of which may have been the G Suite account, although Twitter has yet to clarify – and it’s working to take action.