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Ethereum Scammer Takes Over Twitter Account of Belgium's Energy Minister

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 15:55
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Alex Dovbnya
Belgium's energy minister, Tinne Van der Straeten, has been hacked on Twitter to advertise a bogus Ethereum giveaway
Ethereum Scammer Takes Over Twitter Account of Belgium's Energy Minister
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The official Twitter account of Tinne Van der Straeten, Belgium's minister of energy, has been hacked to promote a fake giveaway of 50,000 Ethereum tokens.

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After changing the account's name to "Ethereum Foundation," whoever was behind the attack started posting replies to the likes of Chamath Palihapitiya and Cameron Winklevoss in order to cajole Twitter users into opening a fraudulent website.

Van der Straeten's spokesperson, Jonas Dutordoir, confirmed that the minister had indeed become a victim of hacking. He told The Brussels Times that the incident was still being investigated:

The Twitter account of federal minister Tinne Van der Straeten was taken over on Wednesday night. An investigation is ongoing to understand how this could have happened.

The Van der Straeten cabinet is now recommending that its members secure their accounts with the help of two-step verification.

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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