Bitcoin.org goes offline after struggling rip-off assault
Bitcoin.org, one of many first web sites about Bitcoin (BTC), has been hacked by on-line scammers and down as of the time of writing.
Cobra, Bitcoin.org’s nameless curator, announced on Sept. 23 that Bitcoin.org was compromised, with hackers managing to place up a rip-off discover on the location.
“Looks like Bitcoin.org got hacked and the entire site replaced with a scam asking for free Bitcoin. Do not send funds to that address,” Bitcoin developer Matt Corallo reported on Twitter.
Following a question from Corallo, Namecheap quickly disabled the web site. According to Cobra, the Bitcoin.org web site “may be down for a few days.”
Prior to Bitcoin.org going offline, customers reported that Bitcoin.org was displaying a traditional pretend giveaway announcement, with scammers reportedly managing to gather about $17,000 to their addresses.
https://t.co/Tp6AcXavUW has been breached. Visiting the web site shows the traditional ‘double your cash’ rip-off. The scammers have profited (as of this writing) roughly $17,000.#Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/BXFMqC61EW
— vx-underground (@vxunderground) September 23, 2021
After disabling the web site, Cobra urged that the hackers exploited a flaw within the DNS, stating that Bitcoin.org’s Cloudflare accounts and servers weren’t compromised.
https://t.co/OsFgRFRRZb hasn’t been hacked, ever. And then we transfer to Cloudflare, and two months later we get hacked.
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) September 23, 2021
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The newest assault comes after Bitcoin.org fell sufferer of a DDoS assault in early July, alongside a ransom demand for an undisclosed quantity of Bitcoin. The assault got here only one week after a courtroom within the United Kingdom ordered the web site to cease internet hosting the Bitcoin white paper, ruling in favor of self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin SV proponent Craig Wright.