Elon Musk has laughed off a threat from a group claiming to be hackers Anonymous – who told the billionaire he’d “met his match”.
Last weekend, a social media account claiming to be connected with the group uploaded a video which lashed out at the SpaceX CEO.
Musk was accused of showing a “clear disregard for the average working person”.
In recent weeks, the 49-year-old has posted several negative tweets about Bitcoin, with its share price falling.
In the footage, Musk was told: “Recently your carefully created public image is being exposed and people are beginning to see you as nothing more than another narcissistic rich dude who is desperate for attention.
“It seems that the games you have played with the crypto markets have destroyed lives. Millions of retail investors were really counting on their crypto gains to improve their lives.
“You may think you are the smartest person in the room, but now you have met your match. We are Anonymous, we are legion, expect us.”
A Twitter account associated with Anonymous later claimed that the video had not been produced by them.
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In it, the so-called hackers also referenced a negative article about Musk.
Quoting another story about the video, he afterwards tweeted: “Not even a good fake anonymous ‘The article is behind a paywall, and it looks like Anonymous’ hacking skills are not enough to get behind it’.” [sic]
The Tesla CEO then shared two laughing emojis and a meme of “hackers in movies”, mocking the video and its producers.
Earlier this month, the price of adult-themed cryptocurrency CumRocket shot up by almost 400% after Musk put out some racy tweets.
He tweeted a splash and rocket emoji, commonly used by fans of the saucily named currency, and the inclusion of a moon emoji apparently signified its price was heading "to the moon".
Fuelling speculation it was a reference to the payment system, CumRocket responded to Musk’s tweet with a mocked-up version of SpaceX’s Starship rocket, featuring the cryptocurrency’s logo.
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“What do you think @elonmusk? We’ll even pay for the paint,” the company wrote.
Mr Musk’s latest post on Twitter follows a similarly cryptic message on Friday, in which he simply wrote: "Canada USA Mexico".
The acronym produced by these three countries, combined with a flurry of other crypto-related tweets, meant it was widely interpreted as an endorsement of the semen-themed cryptocurrency.
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