Bitcoin.org Attacked by ‘Double Your Bitcoin’ Scammers
A message on the website now claims that “The Bitcoin Foundation is giving back to the community” and uses the old tactics to deceive inexperienced BTC holders by asking them to send BTC and promising to send double the amount in return.
The website is operated by anonymous bitcoiner Cobra, also known for his legal battle with Craig Wright.
Cobra confirmed that the website has been compromised.
“Currently looking into how the hackers put up the scam modal on the site. May be down for a few days,” the operator said.https://www.twitter.com/CobraBitcoin/status/1440912752151867397
The address, posted by the scammers now shows 9 transactions and BTC 0.4 (USD 17,657). However, it might be sent by the scammers themselves.
“I would guess that the server hosting the website has been compromised as the modal does not appear in this repo,” Bitcoin Core contributor Andrew Chow said.
Pro tip. *Never* send your bitcoin to a bitcoin doubler, no matter what website it is on.— Dan Darkpill (@DanDarkPill) September 23, 2021
Thankfully all the other pages are offline and are serving a 404, including the download page— MyCrypto.eth 🦊💙 (@MyCrypto) September 23, 2021
Anyone have the ability to DDOS the site? Maybe @wiz? Happy to donate to the cause.— FT₿ (@FullTimeBitcoin) September 23, 2021
Probably a matter of time and skill; same as the Twitter backdoor that was used for giveaway scams. Folks stumble across the exploit and are under pressure to use it before someone else does; writing malware has a potentially higher payoff but risks not getting deployed in time.— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) September 23, 2021
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(Updated at 06:08 UTC with comments by Cobra.)