Hackers continue to target the Twitter accounts of prominent figures to defraud unsuspected followers.
In a world where cryptocurrencies are gaining momentum, the vulnerability of social media platforms remains a stark reality.
On July 20th, Hayden Adams, the founder and CEO of Uniswap, fell victim to a security breach on Twitter, with scammers seizing his account to market a fraudulent scheme.
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Scammers used the breached account to disseminate a tweet warning that Uniswap's Permit2 contract was under threat from an unidentified exploit.
The tweet was falsely posed as an alert, urging Uniswap's user base to follow a malicious link allegedly designed to safeguard their tokens.
This malicious act didn't last long, as the initial scam tweet was promptly detected and deleted.
However, the perpetrators continued to use the compromised account to share similar scam messages.
It is worth noting that, at the time of writing, Adams now has full control of his Twitter account.
The ill-intentioned actors exploit social media platforms to swindle crypto assets and cash from unsuspecting users. Previously, malicious actors hacked the Twitter accounts of Circle's CSO Dante Disparte and OpenAI CTO Mira Murati.
While this is not a new phenomenon, companies behind these platforms are intensifying efforts to curb these fraudulent activities. Elon Musk, Twitter's executive chair, announced on July 1st that the social media giant plans to impose temporary restrictions on the number of posts users can read daily. This move aims to identify and eliminate automated bots and other malignant entities.
The security breach and the resulting scam are a stark reminder of the potential vulnerabilities within the digital space, especially for cryptocurrency enthusiasts and novices. It underscores the urgency for users to remain vigilant and for social media platforms to strengthen their security measures.