Day: August 3, 2020

Twitter Bitcoin scam reached over 382 million followers

On July 15, 2020 cybercriminals took over multiple high-profile Twitter accounts to promote a Bitcoin scam.

Hackers sent out tweets asking people to send cryptocurrencies to a specified wallet, and in return, the sent amount would be doubled and returned to the sender.

According to data analyzed by the Atlas VPN research team, the Twitter Bitcoin scam reached 382.6 million followers. Even the former US President Barack Obama’s account was compromised, an account which is followed by more than one-third of Twitter’s users.

By far, the biggest account affected was Barack Obama’s. His official twitter account has 121 million followers.

Another victim was an American media personality – Kim Kardashian; she just reached 66 million followers.

Prominent figures in the music industry have also been affected – Wiz Khalifa’s and Kanye West’s accounts were hacked. Wiz Khalifa has 36.4 million followers, and Kanye West has 30.6 million followers.

The incident

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Hobbycraft reports 200% boom in online sales since start of pandemic

The British love affair with home crafting shows no sign of abating, according to Hobbycraft, which has reported a 200% boom in online sales since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Hobbycraft, whose bestsellers include a giant set of 1,000 craft pieces for £6 and soap-making kits for £15, said there had been “exceptional levels of customer demand” during lockdown as customers confined to their homes looked to find their inner craftsperson.

It is moving its popular craft demonstrations and workshops online as part of its adjustment to the post-coronavirus world.

The company, which has 99 stores on high streets and retail parks including five that opened last year, said total revenue increased by 8.9% to £193.6m for the year ending 16 February – before the Covid-19 crisis. Online sales grew by 19% over the same period.

The company said the 12-week lockdown period, when all stores were closed, had a significant

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Bochove named Toronto bureau chief for Bloomberg News

Danielle Bochove

Danielle Bochove has been named Toronto bureau chief for Bloomberg News.

She has been with Bloomberg since June 2015.

Bochove previously worked as a national television and radio anchor for CBC News, and she also hosted a daily business show on Canada’s Business News Network. She also spent seven years with Reuters in Chicago, Tokyo, and London covering stories including the launch of the euro, the Asian economic crisis and the collapse of the bubble.

She has been a freelance writer for Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and The Economist Intelligence Unit and teaches broadcast performance part-time at the University of Toronto, where she is a senior fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.

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