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Joe Biden’s among numerous prominent Twitter accounts hacked in ransom attack

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Democratic presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Twitter accounts of numerous well-known figures and companies have apparently been compromised by an unknown hacker asking users to send funds to a Bitcoin account.

Among those apparently attacked were presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama. Apple also was apparently targeted.

Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg and more are also among the victims of the hack.

Twitter Support tweeted, "We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly."

The sheer number of prominent accounts impacted made it arguably the biggest security incident in Twitter's history. A hack like this is particularly concerning not just because of any financial scam that can be run, but because so many world leaders use Twitter -- and some, like President Donald Trump, use it to announce major policy decisions. A hack that took over an account belonging to one of those leaders could have devastating consequences.

Last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account was hacked, raising concerns about whether any account on the platform can truly avoid being compromised. The mechanism by which that hack occurred was fixed by Twitter after Dorsey's hack and there's no reason to believe it is to blame here.

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  1. What happened to creepy Joe’s lead? New leftist poll Rasmussen puts them nearly neck and neck within the margin of error this week. This poll weighs more Democrats but likely voters not registered voters like the other bogus polls. But President Trump has 91% chance of winning with 362 electoral votes according to the good professor. markturner put this in your pipe and smoke it. LMAO.

    1. Nah! The closer it gets towards November 3 the more rabid and delusional the libtards get. Especially after crazy Joe gets committed to the Alzheimer’s nursing home. You are a great example of a delusional and rabid libtard.

  2. How about that latest Rasmussen poll between Biden and Trump. Darn near even for now. Biden will have to come out of his basement soon. The polls will get tighter as we near the November 3 election.

      1. Biden is ahead by 14 points when you average all the polls. He has 365 electoral votes as of now. Ohio and Texas are maybes but hes ahead in both. Without Texas and Ohio, he still wins.

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