Microsoft India X account promotes fake Roaring Kitty airdrops

Scammers have hacked the X (formerly Twitter) account of Microsoft India and are reportedly impersonating GameStop pumper Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty, to share crypto wallet drainers. 

Late on Monday, the Microsoft India account started reposting videos from Roaring Kitty’s account to its 211,000 followers while also replying to individual accounts with fraudulent crypto airdrops. 

The replies start with “In honor of our return, we decided to launch Presale….” before sharing a link to a fake Roaring Kitty website the scammers claim will allow users to buy GameStop (GME) crypto in a pre-sale. 

To help the scammer’s credibility, the account also boasts a golden checkmark that declares the account ‘official.’ According to Bleeping Computer, anyone linking their crypto wallet to the fraudulent site will lose all of their funds to the scammer’s wallet drainer.

The scammers include a picture of a kitten playing with some yarn for good measure.  

The scammers are presumably masquerading as Roaring Kitty in an effort to capitalize on the recent hype surrounding Gill’s social media return and the effect it appears to have had on GameStop trading.

Memes posted by Gill to X last month look to have caused a surge in GME stock trading and altcoins while also pumping a crypto made with the GME ticker that now has a 24-hour volume of roughly $324 million

His most recent post, a reverse uno card, garnered 11 million views and over 79,000 likes on X. Shortly after the post, GME stocks rose from $22.91 to over $40.00. 

Read more: Opinion: Roaring Kitty looks to have returned as a pump-and-dumper

On the same day, Gill revealed his portfolio on Reddit with $115 million in GameStop stock and ~$66 million in GameStop call options.

At the time of publication, the profile picture of the hacked account was changed from the Roaring Kitty image to the default image and the username was set to a singular full stop.

A Microsoft spokesperson has since told Protos, “We can confirm the account has been secured and we are investigating what occurred.”

Update June 6, 16:49 UTC: Added a response from Microsoft.

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