Twitter accounts of prominent American personalities, including billionaire Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, have been subjected to electronic piracy in what appears to be a Bitcoin-related fraud.

The official accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Kanye West also called for donations in cryptocurrency.

And Bill Gates said in a tweet: “Everyone is asking me to return the favor. Send me $1,000, and I’ll send you 2,000.

” Twitter said that what happened was a “coordinated attack” targeting its employees through parties with “entry details of internal systems and tools” in the company.

The company added in a series of tweets: “We know that they (the hackers) used these details to control several very prominent accounts, among them reliable accounts (the identities of their owners have been verified), and send tweets in their names.”