Bitcoin.org Site Hacked to Promote Giveaway

The oldest educational resources platform for the most popular crypto asset, Bitcoin.org, appears to be the victim of a cyber attack. The site created back in 2008 now has a popup page on the homepage promoting giveaways and asking people to send BTC to an address to receive double in return.

The dubious post reads, “The Bitcoin Foundation is giving back to the community! We want to support our users who have helped us over the years. Send Bitcoin to this address, and we will send double the amount in return! Limited to the first 10000 users!”

Users first noticed the likely compromise on Thursday and started sharing it on Twitter to alert others about it. The post format is similar to other similar posts that scammers have used on Twitter in the past while pretending to be famous crypto figures such as Elon Musk and Vitalik Buterin.

What further shows that this is most likely a cyber attack is that other subpages on the website are now inaccessible. The homepage doesn’t allow any visitor to the site to click on any other page. Even when the direct URL to such a page is used instead, the pages are still not accessible. A direct URL to access the BTC white paper PDF only shows “404 not found.”

Domain hosting site Namecheap stated that it has already disabled the domain temporarily while replying to Bitcoin Core contributor Matt Corallo tweet. Thus, the site is no longer accessible.

However, the address in the post has received up to 0.4 BTC in the past hour, although no one can tell if the transactions are from people who fell for the scam.

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