And another name falls prey to the pretend Elon Musk Twitter scam…

Twitter faces a growing problem over the hacking of verified accounts…

Cast your minds back just over a week, and a collection of verified Twitter accounts – complete with their blue ticks – found themselves compromised, and promoting a cryptocurrency scam.

Brands such as Matalan and film company Pathe UK were amongst the names caught innocently in the midst of it all. Once their accounts were under the control of hackers, they were made to look like the account of Tesla boss Elon Musk. They then pushed promoted Tweets suggesting that Musk was stepping down, and giving away Bitcoin to mark the occasion. The catch? You had to send a very small amount of crypto first.

Over $130,000 worth of Bitcoin was scammed before the accounts last week were brought back under control.

This week, the scam is back with a vengeance. On Monday, the Australian branch of technology consultancy firm Capgemini was brought under the control of hackers. It took a day to return it to normal. And then on Tuesday, two major names fell prey to it. The Twitter accounts of both retail giant Target, and Google’s Gsuite, were affected. Between them, they have just shy of three million Twitter followers.

Target has acknowledged the hack in a post on its feed, that also confirms how quickly it got control of its account back…

The latest to fall victim is the verified account of DT B2B Europe. Not the highest profile to be hacked thus far, certainly, but still an account with a blue tick and few thousand followers.

Twitter, for its part, hasn’t overtly commented on what’s going on, and nor does it appear to have a quick way to shut these scams down. But it’s got a growing problem here, and needs to fix it quickly.

No word too from Musk, incidentally, who absolutely isn’t stepping down as Tesla boss. And nor is he giving Bitcoin away…