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Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Musk and others compromised

Several prominent Twitter accounts, including those of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE, former President Obama, Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskWarren's wealth tax would cost 100 richest Americans billion The cold truth on energy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill MORE and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, were compromised Wednesday in what appears to be a bitcoin scam.

The attack is likely the largest ever on Twitter's security system and may have already cost users ten of thousands of dollars.

The accounts – which included other tech CEO's including Amazon's Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' Warren's wealth tax would cost 100 richest Americans billion Hillicon Valley: Privacy, immigrant rights groups slam 'smart wall' proposal | New DHS policies aim to fight cyber 'epidemic' | Twitter exploring allowing users to charge for content MORE, celebrities such as Kanye WestKanye Omari WestAfter fleeing Trump, will celebs return to DC under Biden? Amazon's shutdown of Parler is a threat to all small businesses 2020's top political celebrity moments MORE, and other political figures like former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg'Lucky': How Warren took down Bloomberg Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon MORE – posted similar messages offering to double bitcoin payments sent to an address during a set period of time.

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The posts all included the address of the same bitcoin wallet, which has seen as much as $112,000 pour into it over the last few hours. It is unclear if this money came from unsuspecting users or the scammers themselves.

Other major accounts that were hacked include companies such as Uber, Square's Cash App and Apple.

All of the tweets were deleted soon after being posted, but, given the accounts' large followings, they have been viewed widely. While individual accounts – especially ones that do not use security measures such as two-factor authentication – are often hacked, the scope of this effort suggests a deeper security failure.

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' Scarborough tears into 'Ivy League brats' Cruz, Hawley for attacking 'elites' No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage MORE (R-Mo.), a fervent critic of big tech companies, sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey raising concerns about the impacts of the platform being compromised.

“I am concerned that this event may represent not merely a coordinated set of separate hacking incidents but rather a successful attack on the security of Twitter itself," he wrote. "As you know, millions of your users rely on your service not just to tweet publicly but also to communicate privately through your direct message service. A successful attack on your system’s servers represents a threat to all of your users’ privacy and data security.”

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Twitter support posted that "we are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter."

"We are investigating and taking steps to fix it," it continued. "We will update everyone shortly."

Verified accounts were briefly blocked from posting on Twitter later in the evening.

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A spokesperson for Biden's campaign told The Hill that Twitter locked down the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's account and removed the tweet "immediately following the breach."

"We remain in touch with Twitter on the matter," they added.

Updated: 6:43 p.m.