The Twitter account of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei was hacked on Tuesday to promote a cryptocurrency scam.
May 25, 2021, | AtoZ Markets – OnePlus co-founder and CEO of Nothing, Carl Pei is gearing up to launch its first product in June. Ahead of the product unveiling, the Twitter account of the China-born Swedish entrepreneur was hacked.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s Twitter account hacked
Hackers impersonating as Pei tweeted that Nothing is launching a crypto called NothingCoin based on Ethereum (ETH) ERC 20-chain. The scammers also mentioned that would-be investors could participate by sending their ETH to a designated address.
Pei subsequently deleted the tweet minutes after it was posted and confirmed with tech news website Engadget’s senior editor Richard Lai that the fake tweet was posted after his account was hijacked.
He has deleted all third-party apps connected to his Twitter account and also tweeted to his followers on his own account.
We advise our readers not to send their ETH to the mentioned address.
This is not the first time notable Twitter accounts are briefly hacked to promote crypto scams. As a reminder, several high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked – including those of the now-US President Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Wiz Khalifa, Warren Buffett, Mike Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos among others — used to solicit cryptocurrencies.
The hackers made away with around $120,000 from the Twitter crypto scam.
Recently, Realme India’s support team’s account was briefly hacked. The hackers used the account to run a cryptocurrency scam by changing the Realme Twitter handle to Tesla and started replying to Elon Musk’s tweets. The account was, however, restored within 15 minutes and handed over to the original owners.
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