Bitcoin.org, the oldest cryptocurrency website that was founded by mysterious Bitcoin (BTC) creator Satoshi Nakamoto, is back online after being attacked by malicious actors.
A group of unknown hackers managed to run a fake Bitcoin giveaway on the Bitcoin.org website for a brief amount of time.
A Bitcoin address reportedly linked to the scam was able to collect 0.4057 BTC before the site was shut down, which was worth $17,764 when the scam took place.
Cobra, a website developer for Bitcoin.org, updated his 46,200 Twitter followers shortly after Bitcoin.org went down.
“Bitcoin.org has been compromised. Currently looking into how the hackers put up the scam modal on the site.”
The scam worked like this – when someone visited Bitcoin.org, a pop-up message appeared on the homepage offering to send double the amount of Bitcoin back to unsuspecting victims who sent Bitcoin to a fraudulent wallet address.
Blockchain journalist Colin Wu shared a screenshot of the giveaway hack on Twitter.
“Bitcoin.org is Hacked by Scam.”