Tom Holland’s X account gets hijacked

The popular actor had his Twitter, now X, account hijacked by criminals who used it to promote a crypto scam

Tom Holland, known for his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel movies,  has become the victim of a cyber-attack with the actor losing access to his X account. The account was hijacked by hackers who posted a crypto scam and promoted it to the actor’s seven million followers.

The X message claimed that the “Spiderverse” project was launching in partnership with Binance, an established and trusted cryptocurrency exchange. The hackers also urged anyone who saw the message to visit the project’s website and buy $SPIDER tokens as well as purchase Spiderverse NFTs.

The scam was quickly caught first by wary followers and community members and then by X’s own team which took down the post. On the plus side, Tom Holland is generally not very active on social media channels, which alerted his fans and followers about potential foul play and attested to the community’s ability to resist scams such as these.

Interestingly, a selfie picture of a man also appeared in one of the posts on Tom Holland’s profile, which fans deduced could be the hacker taking a swing at them. Fans aptly observed that even if it were Tom Holland posting, it would still be suspicious as the Spiderverse is de facto owned by Marvel who would not relinquish IP rights to the actor just because he portrayed Spider-Man in their movies.

In the meantime, the FBI has warned that crypto scams remain on the rise with $3.94bn lost to crypto scams in 2023 alone, more than the $2.57bn lost in 2022.

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Written by Barney


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