Bitcoin.org, one of the first Bitcoin (BTC) websites, has been hacked by online scammers and is offline at the time of writing.
Cobra, the anonymous custodian of Bitcoin.org, announced on September 23 that Bitcoin.org had been hacked and that hackers were able to post a scam alert on the site.
“It appears that Bitcoin.org has been hacked and the entire site has been replaced by a scam asking for free Bitcoin. Do not send money to this address,” Matt Coralo, a Bitcoin developer, said on Twitter.
At Corallo’s request, Namecheap has temporarily removed the site. According to Cobra, Bitcoin.org “may not be up and running for several days.”
Prior to the shutdown of Bitcoin.org, users reported that Bitcoin.org was running a classic fake ad, and scammers allegedly managed to collect about $17,000 for their addresses.
After the site was shut down, Cobra suggested that hackers exploited a vulnerability in the DNS and claimed that Cloudflare’s Bitcoin.org accounts and servers had not been hacked.
https://t.co/OsFgRFRRZb has never been hacked. Then we go to Cloudflare, and two months later we’re hacked.
Can you explain where you sent my traffic? Because my real server didn’t receive any traffic at the time of the hack. Tweet embed
Cobra (@CobraBitcoin) September 23, 2021
The latest attack came after Bitcoin.org fell victim to a DDoS attack in early July, along with a ransom demand for an unknown amount of bitcoins. The attack came just one week after a British court ordered the website to stop publishing the Bitcoin White Paper, ruling in favor of self-proclaimed Craig Wright as a supporter of Bitcoin and Bitcoin SV (BSV).
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Bitcoin.org became the subject of much controversy after Nakamoto left the Bitcoin community in late 2011 and handed over the code to Bitcoin developers. The site has changed hands several times since then, and in late 2013, Cobra was announced as co-owner of Bitcoin.org.
In May 2020, Bitcoin.com owner and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) spokesperson Roger Ver expressed an interest in buying Bitcoin.org. Some members of the crypto community have accused Vera of creating uncertainty about the marketing of Bitcoin Cash as the “real” Bitcoin. One month later, Will Beans, a Bitcoin.org observer, said he lost access to the site, indicating a potential breach.
Bitcoin.org is a cryptocurrency website whose domain name was registered back in August 2008, months before anonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto mined the first Bitcoin block in January 2009. Bitcoin.org provides an educational resource on the underlying cryptocurrency. Known as Bitcoin Core hosting, it is software used to connect to the Bitcoin network and run a node.