company CrowdStrike, told Reuters news agency: "This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet."
On the official account of Mr Musk, the Tesla and
SpaceX chief appeared to offer to double any
Bitcoin payment sent to the address of his digital
wallet "for the next 30 minutes".
I'm feeling generous because of Covid-19,"
the tweet added, along with a Bitcoin link
The tweets were deleted just minutes after they
were first posted.
One of the hacked tweets from Elon Musk's account
But as the first such tweet from Musk's account was
removed, another one appeared, then a third.
Others targeted included: the rapper Kanye West
his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian
former US President Obama former US Vice-President
Joe Biden, who is the current Democratic presidential
candidate media billionaire Mike Bloomberg
the ride-sharing app Uber the iPhone-maker Apple
The Biden campaign said Twitter had "locked down
the account within a few minutes of the breach and
removed the related tweet". A spokesman for
Bill Gates told AP news agency: "This appears to be
part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing
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