One company that had its account stolen and used for cryptocurrency scams, CertiK, said it was hacked through a phishing attack from a journalist’s compromised account.


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Multiple companies including Mandiant, Netgear and Hyundai have had their X social media accounts hijacked and used for cryptocurrency scams by threat actors.

X, formerly known as Twitter, is no stranger to high-profile cryptocurrency scams. In July 2020, hackers breached the platform’s network, posing as IT staff and conducting a social engineering attack that enabled them to send crypto scam tweets from high-profile accounts such as those owned by former U.S. president Barack Obama and current X owner Elon Musk. The hackers stole more than $118,000 at the time in bitcoin.

Recent scams have taken a different shape. The X account of Google-owned security firm Mandiant was hijacked by threat actors on Jan. 3. According to screenshots posted by threat research group VX-Underground, attackers used the “@Mandiant” handle to pose as cryptocurrency wallet provider Phantom and promote fake currency giveaways.

Mandiant recovered its account Jan. 4. In a post made the same day, Mandiant confirmed it regained control of the account.

“As you likely noticed, yesterday, Mandiant lost control of this X account which had 2FA enabled. Currently, there are no indications of malicious activity beyond the impacted X account, which is back under our control,” the post read. “We’ll share our investigation findings once concluded.”

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