Twitter accounts of several prominent verified users were hacked in a widespread Bitcoin scam early Thursday.

The official accounts of former US President Barack Obama, rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, media tycoon Mike Bloomberg, along with major brands such as Apple and Uber, were among many others which fell victim to the hack.

These accounts sent out tweets trying to dupe people into donating money in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Twitter had briefly blocked access to all verified accounts (marked with a blue tick) and is presently investigating the matter.

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