Hackers convinced Twitter to give them control of the account for Sweden’s ruling political party – then used it to change the country’s official currency to Bitcoin.
Swedish Government: ‘Time To Buy’ Bitcoin
Speaking in an interview with local news outlet Trijo, one of the five hackers involved in the stunt this week said he did it because he thought socialism “was wrong.”
The debacle broke out April 15 when the Social Democrats’ official Twitter page began broadcasting suspicious messages.
Among them was a wish to shun fiat currency altogether and instead make Bitcoin the official currency of Sweden.
We have abolished the Swedish krona and replaced it with Bitcoin,” a now deleted tweet read, telling Swedes it was “time to buy.
‘A Step Ahead Of Tech Support’
The hijack lasted only around 30 minutes before Twitter understood that something was wrong. Nonetheless, the hackers had succeeded in convincing the company’s technical support that they were the rightful owners of the account – in this…