Celebrity X accounts hacked to promote meme tokens

Several celebrity and influencer X accounts on social media platforms have been hacked, with the attackers promoting various cryptocurrencies and meme tokens.

One notable figure who confirmed their account was compromised is Gigantic-Cassocked-Rebirth (GCR), a popular pseudonymous crypto investor known for contrarian trades.

On May 26, GCR’s hacked account, boasting over 247,900 followers, promoted ORDI and Luna2.0, causing momentary price surges of 6% and 274%, respectively. The incident appears to be part of a broader attack on celebrity X accounts. Bitcoin developer Udi Wertheimer noted that GCR had warned of an ongoing operation targeting prominent Twitter accounts. He advised caution, especially as niche celebrities launch meme coins during periods when platform engineers are away.

American rapper Rich The Kid’s X account shared a link for his 2.3 million followers to purchase a new token, “RICH,” launched on the Solana-based meme coin creator tool pump.fun. Within two hours, RICH amassed a market cap of $90,000. While no official confirmation of a hack has been made regarding Rich The Kid’s account, the post promoting the token has been removed.

At the same time, Caitlyn Jenner’s X account promoted the meme coin “JENNER,” which has garnered a market cap of $27.1 million since its launch. Videos featuring Jenner and her manager, Sophia Hutchins, confirmed the posts and videos were genuine, not deepfakes. The JENNER coin was also promoted on Jenner’s Instagram accounts, and Hutchins hosted an X space to reaffirm the authenticity of the promotions.

The JENNER token’s wallet was the same as one posted by adult content creator Kazumi, who is also suspected to have been hacked when promoting the coin “ZUMI” on May 20. Other tokens, including RICH, DOLL, and SOULJA, were allegedly tied to JENNER, though Jenner’s team claimed no knowledge of these connections when questioned in the X space.