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Elon Musk spammed by crypto scam posts from hacked verified Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk was spammed by hacked verified accounts and non-verified accounts on Monday as he shared an update about Tesla’s latest version of full self-driving (FSD) Beta.

Several of these accounts were bots, but others were verified Twitter accounts that had been hacked.

A Twitter user shared screenshots of Musk being bombarded with fake accounts in response to his most recent tweet.

“FSD Beta 10.69.2 rolling out now. Please note that top priority is safety, so expect it to be overly cautious, especially around pedestrians,” Musk posted.

Within minutes, spammed cryptocurrency accounts bombarded Musk, prompting him to tweet “Sigh.”

Musk recently attacked the platform led by Parag Agrawal after a top cybersecurity expert claimed that up to eight out of ten Twitter accounts are fake.

Dan Woods, Global Head of Intelligence at cybersecurity firm F5, told The Australian that more than 80% of Twitter accounts are likely bots – a massive claim given that Twitter claims only 5% of its users are bots/spam.

Musk claimed last week that 90% of the comments on his tweets are bots or spam replies.

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has terminated the $44 billion Twitter takeover deal, and the case is now in a US court, over the presence of bots on the platform, and seeks answers from Agrawal through an open debate.

The Musk-Twitter trial is set to start on October 17.

Both Musk and Twitter, according to Woods, a former CIA and FBI cybersecurity specialist, have underestimated the bot problem on the microblogging platform.

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