An individual or group identifying themselves as “RIPPRGANG” changed the Twitter profiles of both Tesla and Musk, before sending tweets offering ‘free Teslas’.
Musk has over two million followers on Twitter while his car company has over half a million. The tweets were removed within an hour and the profiles for both accounts have now returned to ‘normal’.
Neither Tesla nor Musk have left any tweets about the attack, and both accounts have posted tweets more familiar to their followers in the days since.
Tesla’s media relations department was also targeted, with the perpetrator/s reportedly responding to an email from a Tesla press contact.
Some fans saw the humorous side, reacting with suggestions that Musk may activate ‘two-factor authorisation’ as a result, having already ticked electric vehicle and space exploration boxes.
Two-factor authorisation requires a ‘second’ step to access an account, usually involving a code sent via text message or email to a separate account.
Tesla and Elon Musk probably won’t be the last well-known company or celebrity to be hacked, with other notable companies including Sony, Burger King and Nintendo.
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