You almost have to pity Tesla’s Elon Musk. He muses publicly about taking his auto company private, resulting in a big boost in the stock price. That gets the Securities and Exchange investigating. Then Musk changes his mind.
Then his Twitter account gets hacked. Again.
A fake tweet went out last week offering free bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) to his followers, GadgetsNow reported. And in a post on Medium, the hacker impersonating Musk said the move was related to that plan to take the company private.
“As many of you know by now, we will soon be making Tesla a private company. It is an important step towards stability and it would be impossible to move forward in a desirable pace without making such decisions,” the Indian publication quoted the hacker writing on Medium. “As a part of reorganization we will be introducing Bitcoin and Ethereum as official payment methods” necessary for “moving forward as a company.”
The Twitter post as well as the Medium statement have since been removed.
This is the second time a fake cryptocurrency offering has been made on Musk’s Twitter account this year, CCN reported. In February, the following tweet appeared: