Hackers took over the Bitcoin.org web site and displayed the basic double your cash rip-off for a couple of minutes right this moment. Apparently, it was a DNS hack. Luckily, the Bitcoin neighborhood took discover and alerted Cobra, the pseudonymous web site proprietor, in addition to the corporate that hosted the area. A couple of minutes later, Bitcoin.org was down. Sadly, a credulous particular person was quicker than them and despatched 0.4 BTC to the scammer’s handle… or did he?
Someone despatched half a bitcoin🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/pnyJIHJZIN
— Harrison Bergeron (@coinableS) September 23, 2021
The transaction exists, however there’s a rumor that it’d’ve been the scammers themselves, making an attempt to make the operation look respected. Just like a busker who put some change in his hat to encourage others to contribute. However, that’s only a rumor. Someone would possibly’ve been scammed.
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In any case, everyone else ought to thank Matt Corallo, a Bitcoin Core contributor who took it upon himself to contact the area title registrars and managed to persuade them to briefly take down the positioning earlier than some disaster occurred.
Namecheap to the rescue, thanks y’all https://t.co/HfmQVvUDt9
— Matt Corallo (@TheBlueMatt) September 23, 2021
What Does The Bitcoin.org Owner Think About All Of This?
When Cobra introduced the Bitcoin.org hack, she or he stated, “Currently looking into how the hackers put up the scam modal on the site.” So far, there’s no info on that. Cobra additionally stated that Bitcoin.org “May be down for a few days,” however fortunately that wasn’t crucial.
https://t.co/OsFgRFRRZb has been compromised. Currently trying into how the hackers put up the rip-off modal on the positioning. May be down for a number of days.
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) September 23, 2021
Earlier within the day, Cobra contacted by way of Twitter their new internet hosting firm Cloudflare and informed them that the web site has by no means been hacked, and now that he moved to their servers, this occurred. The company responded, and ultimately, the unique tweet disappeared.
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Does This Have Anything To Do With Craig Wright AKA Faketoshi Nakamoto?
A few months in the past, each Cobra and Bitcoin.org made worldwide information. Craig Wright, Australian entrepreneur and Satoshi Nakamoto cosplay artist, acquired a UK court docket to order the web site to take away the Bitcoin Whitepaper from its servers. At the time, Yahoo! finance informed:
“Cobra, the pseudonymous creator of the Bitcoin.org web site, has been ordered by London’s High Court to discontinue internet hosting its copy of the Bitcoin white paper.
Citing copyright infringement introduced ahead by nChain Chief Scientist Craig Wright, the decide had no possibility however to rule a default judgment as a result of Cobra selected not to make an look.”
https://t.co/yc0aKbZcer is Hacked by Scam. pic.twitter.com/2qmRMS2lJh
— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) September 23, 2021
Does the hack have something to do with Craig Wright? There’s not a single clue to point out that, however, rumors are flying. He’s the one one incentivized to assault Bitcoin.org, they say. However, 0.4 BTC is a reasonably nice incentive. Maybe the scammers had been simply curious about scamming.
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In any case, to shut all of the loops, Yahoo quotes Cobra explaining why he selected not to make an look in court docket:
“Unfortunately the court rules allowed for me to be sued pseudonymously, however, I couldn’t defend myself pseudonymously. So I was put in an impossible situation of losing my privacy or losing the case in a default judgment.”
So, to sum all of it up, Bitcoin.org is again up once more and nobody scammed you. All is properly that ends properly.
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