This Thursday, an impersonator hacked into Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s official Twitter account with a fraudulent but verified account, and announced free BTC and ETH coins for his 22.5 million followers. The impersonator broke into his thread and asked his followers to trade and gain in altcoins.
“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 at a desirable pace without making such decisions,” the fraud wrote in a statement while pretending to be Musk. He also added that the form will officially bring in BTC and ETH payment procedures as part of the process.
Twitter has sent out an official statement apologising for the issue, and explaining that it was working hard to bring the situation under control. The firm wrote:
“We’re aware of this form of manipulation and are proactively implementing a number of signals to prevent these types of accounts from engaging with others in a deceptive manner.”
Last week, Musk had a rather “emotional” interview with The New York Times, speaking about his rather difficult working conditions at Tesla, and his 120 hour work weeks. He explained that he had almost missed the wedding of his brother this summer, and also had to spend his birthday stuck in his Tesla office while the firm “raced to meet elusive production targets on a crucial new model”.
Earlier this month, Musk brought down a shocker by announcing on Twitter that he was indeed considering turning Tesla private, and the funds required for the process (estimated roughly $70 billion) had also been acquired.
His tweet caused major agitation in the financial market, and Tesla shares almost immediately hit a rough 11% surge. However, the firm has reportedly lost a major portion of whatever they had profited after Musk’s NYT interview.