Can you believe McAfee’s latest cryptocurrency tips? We advise to exercise extreme caution since John McAfee Twitter account hacked. How did the situation develop?
29 December, AtoZForex – The founder of McAfee, John McAfee, has faced a hack attack on his Twitter account earlier this week. McAfee is a global computer security software company based in the US.
Fake cryptocurrency tips? John McAfee Twitter account hacked
According to Mr. McAfee, the hacker has been using his account to advertise some lesser-known cryptocurrencies. Earlier this December, Mr. McAfee started publishing daily tips about the less predictable virtual currencies. His picks often fueled a surge in the price of the selected assets.
This Tuesday, Mr. McAfee has informed the public that he would be posting once a week, while the next publication was scheduled to take place on the 1 January. Yet, the next day, his Twitter account has been publishing “coins of the day” in a fast fashion. On Wednesday evening, Mr. McAfee has posted:
“Urgent: My account was hacked. Twitter has been notified. The coin of the day tweet was not me. As you all know… I am not doing a coin of the day anymore!!!!”
As a matter of fact, this December, Mr. McAfee started posting daily tips featuring some of the digital currencies. Following the hack attack, he has posted:
“Though I am a security expert, I have no control over Twitter’s security. I have haters. I am a target. People make fake accounts, fake screenshots, fake claims. I am a target for hackers who lost money and blame me. Please take responsibility for yourselves. Adults only please.”
Was McAfee’s phone compromised?
McAfee has also stated that he believed cell phone was most likely targeted. At the moment, the businessman is working on the sale plan for the world’s most “hack-proof” smartphone.
Online reports state that Twitter has refused to comment on McAfee’s claim. Yet, the company has reiterated that it has two-factor authentication. With this feature, the owner of the account must enter a code that is sent to a mobile phone aside from just entering a password to get an access to the account.
McAfee noted that he has activated this option. Yet, according to Jonh McAfee, the hacker was able to intercept the authentication code. He has stated:
“The first indication that I had been hacked was turning on my cell phone and seeing the attached image. I knew at that point that my phone had been compromised. All that the hacker did was compromise my Twitter account. It could have been worse.”
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