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Twitter accounts belonging to senior U.S. politicians, tech leaders apparently hacked

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A number of major Twitter accounts belonging to senior U.S. politicians and tech billionaires including U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former U.S. President Barack Obama and Elon Musk were apparently hacked on Wednesday, sharing tweets asking for bitcoin donations.

Billionaire Bill Gates, rapper Kanye West, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Silicon Valley giants Apple and Uber, also appeared to be targeted in the attack.

Most of the tweets seeking bitcoin donations were deleted from the accounts quickly.

Global News reached out to Twitter for more information but did not hear back by time of publication.

However, in a tweet just before 6 p.m. ET, Twitter Support said it was “aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter.”

“We are investigating and taking steps to fix it,” the tweet reads. “We will update everyone shortly.”

“Hey everyone – there seems to be a large Twitter attack right now targeting large accounts,” she wrote.

“Just in case, if my accounts tweet any bizarre links related to cryptocurrency, do NOT click on it.”

— With files from Reuters

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