Bitcoin.org, the oldest online resource center for Bitcoin, has come back online after suffering a major attack from hackers earlier Thursday morning.
The attackers of the website promoted dubious Bitcoin giveaway to scam people of their coins and money.
The giveaway promised to double any amount of Bitcoin sent by the first ten thousand users to an address, including a QR code attached to the giveaway pop-up on the website.
“The Bitcoin Foundation is giving back to the community! We want to support our users who have helped us along the years,” the pop-up read.
The address of the money-doubling scammers had in it $17,000 worth of Bitcoin. The crypto community believes it is all part of the strategy to deceive people into believing that some people have actually transferred Bitcoin.
In the last 24 hours, bitcoin is up by 4.23%, with a current price of $44,123.83 as at the time of writing this. Within 24 hours, bitcoin dropped to $42,331.54 low and $44,400 high. The trading volume of bitcoin in the last 24 hours is $1.29B. The current market capitalization of bitcoin is $831.22B. Currently, $18.82M bitcoins is in circulation.
Stats and Image from Coin Desk
However, the bitcoin community promptly reacted to the scam by alerting people on Twitter and web hosting site Namecheap, which temporarily disabled the website.
This is not the first time scammers are taking advantage of established platforms and names to steal from people. On Twitter, for example, imposters have used the names of Tesla’s CEO Elon Must, the co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin, Microsoft founder, Bill Gate, etc., to promote crypto giveaways.
The website, Bitcoin.org is now up and running at the time of writing this report.