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BREAKING: Bitcoin.org Hacked by Scammers

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Thu, 09/23/2021 - 03:50
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Alex Dovbnya
Bitcoin.org is currently showing a popup scam after what appears to be a hack
BREAKING: Bitcoin.org Hacked by Scammers
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Bitcoin.org, the oldest cryptocurrency-related website that was registered by Satoshi Nakamoto and Martti Malmi, is currently displaying a fake giveaway announcement in the form of a popup.    

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The bad actors behind the scam are urging people to send Bitcoin to their address, promising to return double the amount they receive.

The fraudsters have so far collected $17,764.

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The website, which is operated by pseudonymous developer “Cobra,” recently faced multiple denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. It’s not clear who is in charge of the website as of now.

In July, Bitcoin.org was forced to remove the Bitcoin white paper after self-proclaimed Satoshi Craig Wright won his copyright infringement case by a default judgment.

Last year, the Twitter accounts of Joe Biden, Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk and other prominent celebrities got hijacked to promote a similar giveaway scam.   

Cobra blames the security breach on web infrastructure provider Cloudflare, claiming that his actual server didn't get any traffic during the hack. 

UPDATE (Sept. 23, 6:42 a.m. UTC): Adds Cobra's tweet about Cloudflare.    

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.