The tweets have since been deleted and numerous accounts recovered.
To add greater legitimacy to the account, the scammers would show up in Musk's mentions, acting as if it was Musk who was Tweeting. The scam promised that if a person were willing to give a small amount of bitcoin, they would be eligible to receive a significantly larger sum.
Often scammers have used other compromised accounts to respond to the initial post, claiming they've received a bitcoin payment in a move created to trick users into thinking the scheme is legitimate.
"The nature of this scam brings to light some seemingly obvious issues with Twitter's verified account system. I left the post of director of Tesla, thank you all for your suppoot!" the tweet reads. The hackers also updated Pathé's account to impersonate Elon Musk, perhaps in an effort to lend more credibility to the fake giveaway.
Screenshot of compromised Pathe UK account. The post had a link to the cryptocurrency scam which required users to verify their address by sending 0.1 to 1 bitcoin the scammer's payment address.
Several of these accounts have since been recovered and the tweets deleted.
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Voters cast ballots today in the first major voter test of Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. If that were the case, then the Democrats would have trounced the GOP in the House and made gains in the Senate.
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Neither the Ottawa Citizen nor parent company Postmedia Network Inc. immediately responded to a request for comment. An Uber spokesperson said the video was a "clear violation" of the organization's guidelines for drivers.
The scheme was made to appear trustworthy with replies from other compromised accounts of users with lots of followers, including boxer Rayton Okwiri, blogger Sarah Scoop and Swansea City AFC Ladies.
It is said that the hackers have compromised several different accounts, including those of film producer Pathe U.K. and USA politician Frank Pallone Jr. These accounts then took part in the Elon Musk scam by tweeting how the "giveaway" was already working for them.
Twitter has come under fire from cryptocurrency commentators once again after the social network began actively promoting an ongoing scam involving a Bitcoin giveaway.
Now the scam has become more nuanced as it uses Twitter's own verification to make it more convincing.
While the spokeswoman for Twitter claimed that the company is actively working on how to tackle cryptocurrency scams and that the number of hoaxes decreased by 10 times in recent weeks, the ordeal still raises many questions to security experts.
I loved to watch Sunil Gavaskar bat, but also loved watching (Gordon) Greenidge, (Desmond) Haynes and Viv Richards. The suggestion from the team was that BCCI should compensate the players who miss the cash-rich tournament.
Pictures and video footage show firefighters and first responders flooding the scene after multiple injuries were reported. Officers later reported a man matching the suspect's description on the ground at the scene outside a window.
The two-hour spinoff is set to begin shooting in Albuquerque , New Mexico , in mid-November under the code name " Greenbrier ". Such is the case with Better Call Saul , a spin-off prequel that predates the events of Breaking Bad by six years.
The New Orleans Saints, the Eagles ' opponent in two weeks, have reportedly added a receiver of their own. But his play fell off dramatically past year when he failed to register a single 100-yard game.
Importantly for any future negotiations, Harper's deal would not be the largest in baseball history by average annual value. Since Harper was under contract with the Nationals at the time, they had exclusive rights to negotiate with him.
But the Blue House would not reveal the reason for the postponement and referred questions to the State Department. The State Department said the talks would be rescheduled "when our respective schedules permit".
A CNN poll released on November 5 found that Democrats led Republicans on a generic ballot by 13 points, 55 percent to 42 percent. While women gained in the House , results were still uncertain in the Senate, where there are now 23 women serving.
If he doesn't report for the team's Week 11 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars , he won't play in 2018. ET next Tuesday or he will be ineligible for the remainder of the season, a source confirmed to ESPN.
He said: "If it were a spacecraft, this tumbling would make it impossible to keep any instruments pointed at the Earth". In December 2017 it was announced the astronomers were going to scan Oumuamua for signs of alien life.
Carter, playing in only his fifth List A matches, smashed the last three balls for six to blaze into the record books. Coming in at a precarious 95/5, both Carter and Hampton took their time to resurrect the Northern District's innings.
Rihanna called Mr Trump's rallies "tragic" and said he would not be using her music "for much longer". "Just so ya know". She became the latest in an array of American stars that oppose their music being played at the US President's rallies.
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Senate race in a generation in Texas, where Democrats have been shut out of statewide office since the 1990s. Although Texas has 254 counties, the 30 largest are home to almost 80 per cent of the state's residents.
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Measuring about five metres long, the Tarok features familiar pick-up cues like a double-cab body and a rear bed for storage. Volkswagen says that the Tarok-based production truck will base with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel TDI with the same horsepower.
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In Florida, six House seats are in play, and there are close and crucial battles for a Senate seat and the governorship. Trump also has sent soldiers to the Mexican border and threatened to have illegal immigrants shot if they throw stones.
Veterans to get priority on Virgin flights
He said the US-style of publicly thanking veterans for their service would not necessarily translate well to Australia. Mr Chester also welcomed the announcement, but acknowledged many veterans would sooner embrace discounted airfares.
Early risers less likely to get breast cancer
Researchers from the University of Bristol have analysed the link between sleeping patterns and breast cancer in women. The scientists found that those with an in-built morning preference were 40% to 48% less at risk of breast cancer .
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"Manu is back and progressing well - we're cautiously optimistic he'll be available this week, the same with Courtney Lawes ". He said: "We know they're going to have an ideal preparation for the game; they'll be up for the game.