Robinhood’s Verified Twitter Account was Hacked and Started Promoting a Crypto Scam – This is What Happened Next
Attackers hacked into major US online trading platform Robinhood's social media accounts to promote a scam token. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao soon said that the account linked to the incident had been locked.
On Wednesday, the platform's official Twitter account, RobinhoodApp, posted a "reminder" to its 1.1 million followers that it was launching the RHB token on Binance Smart Chain, offering users to purchase coins for $0.0005 apiece. It included a link to the PancakeSwap platform, where the token is listed.
While Robinhood did not post anything about the hack on its own account, it did admit to it in a comment section of another person's post, saying that Twitter wasn't the only account affected, and writing:
"We’re aware of the unauthorized posts from Robinhood Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook profiles, which were all removed within minutes. At this time, based on our ongoing investigation, we believe the source of the incident was via a third party vendor.
The original post has since been deleted, but it's still available via an archive.org snapshot, and many users had grabbed screenshots before the company removed the post.
And this wasn't the end: given that Binance and its blockchain had been mentioned in this incident, the exchange's CEO Zhao, known as CZ, said that the account in question had been locked and that there is an ongoing investigation.
CZ further added:
"Always have critical thinking even is the account looks or is real."
Meanwhile, Conor Grogan, the head of product business operations at major crypto exchange Coinbase, reported that about 10 people had bought some $1,000 worth of the token before the tweet was removed.
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Meanwhile, earlier in January, the US Department of Justice seized the contested 56 million shares of Robinhood, worth approximately $500 million, owned by Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and former CEO of the failed FTX exchange, and FTX co-founder Gary Wang.
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