Earlier this week, threat actors hacked the official Twitter account of the Embassy of Oman in India.
The scammers replaced the profile picture to show Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and promoted an XRP giveaway. The hacked account proceeded to respond to users under the #XRP hashtag, encouraging them to sign up for a fake giveaway of 100 million tokens — worth more than $42 million at an XRP price of $0.42.
The same hackers may have been responsible for another attack on India-based exchange CoinDCX’s Twitter account to promote a similar giveaway.
Other hacks of the kind include the time when hackers took over the YouTube channel of the South Korean government, renaming it to SpaceX and fabricated Musk asking for investments on live broadcasts.
On the same day, on September 3, 2021, hackers also managed to gain control of the Twitter account of one of the most strong arms of the business advisory firm PwC, Venezuela, also putting on the picture of Ripple’s Garlinghouse to promote an XRP giveaway.
At the time, the company’s Twitter account had over 37,000 followers, where the Twitter account of the Embassy of Oman in India only had 4,119.
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