Scammers have hacked the official Twitter account of the Embassy of India in Oman, replacing the profile picture with Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and using the reply function to spam users with fake XRP giveaway phishing links.At the time of publication, the Twitter account OmanEmbassy_Ind showed several retweets matching those of Garlinghouse, seemingly in an attempt to make the activity look legitimate.
The hacked account has been responding to tweets using the hashtag XRP, encouraging users to sign up for a fake giveaway of 100 million tokens — worth more than $42 million at an XRP price of $0.42.The hackers behind the fake Ripple XRP CEO, identified as "Galringhouse," may have been responsible for breaching India-based crypto exchange CoinDCX’s Twitter account, given the similar fake giveaways.
CoinDCX reported on Tuesday that it had restored access to its account. While the crypto exchange’s Twitter account had more than 230,000 followers, the Embassy of India in Oman only showed 4,119 at the time of publication.
Important Update. pic.twitter.com/RTeIZ5EzRKOn Monday, Caroline Pham of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission made waves on social media after posting a photo of herself standing with Garlinghouse in the offices of Ripple Labs’.Read more on cointelegraph.com