The official account of G Suite, which is Google’s productivity and collaboration tools line, has been hacked to promote a giveaway of Bitcoin to over 800,000 followers, reported by news outlet Next Web on November 13.
The twitter account of Google’s G suite was used by the hackers to promote the BTC giveaway to more than 800,000 followers on the page. The scammers succeed in spreading the fake message of 10,000 BTC giveaways; said that G Suite is accepting crypto like BTC as a mode of payment.
The fake post was spotted by a user named @B_u_r_t_o_n before it was officially deleted by the tech giant. The user was able to screenshot the fake promotion and posted the information on his Twitter account.
The promotional post had a message that if you send 0.1 to 2 BTC to the following address, the Google’s G Suite will give 1 to 20 Bitcoins back. As of now, both Google and Twitter confirmed this scam and are investigating the matter further.
Both the Companies Responded
In a report by Business Insider, a Google spokesperson said that in the morning, an unauthorized tweet was posted from Google’s G Suite account. Google has removed the tweet and is investigating the Tweet with the help of the company.
After this, a spokesperson from Twitter also stated that G Suite was accessed illegally and now onwards, they are planning to monitor the situation more closely.
Hacking Shows a Pattern
Earlier this month, an account of a U.S. lawmaker, a book publisher, and a film company was renamed as ‘Elon Musk’ and was also promoting the fake giveaway of BTCs. Not just this, but the account of Target – a U.S. retailer, was also hacked for promoting the giveaway of Bitcoins.
Target in their tweet said:
Early this morning, our Twitter account was inappropriately accessed. The access lasted for approx. half an hour & one fake tweet was posted during that time about a bitcoin scam. We have regained control of the account, are in close contact with Twitter & are investigating now.
— Target (@Target) November 13, 2018
Google, in October, put hard restrictions on their Chrome Web Store extension. This step affected the crypto scammers. As per the company, they have blocked nearly 70% of malware extensions; which contain complicated code.