© Reuters. Bitcoin.org briefly shuts down following rip-off assault

One of many first web sites, Bitcoin.org, has suffered a safety breach and has gone offline in the intervening time.

Bitcoin.org’s nameless curator Cobra introduced on Thursday that the positioning had been compromised, with the attackers managing to submit a rip-off discover on the web site.

“Appears like Bitcoin.org acquired hacked and your entire web site changed with a rip-off asking without cost Bitcoin. Don’t ship funds to that tackle,” stated a Twitter (NYSE:) postby Bitcoin developer Matt Corallo.

The web site was briefly disabled by Namecheap following a question from Corallo, and based on Cobra, the Bitcoin.org web site “could also be down for a couple of days.”

Simply earlier than Bitcoin.org went offline, customers reported a typical faux giveaway announcement on the web site. The scammers had already managed to trick customers into sending $17,000 to their tackle.

Shortly after disabling the positioning, Cobra revealed that the hackers took benefit of a flaw within the DNS, assuring that the positioning’s Cloudflare (NYSE:) accounts and servers had been unaffected by the assault.

Apparently, the incident isn’t the primary of its sort. Bitcoin.org beforehand suffered a DDoS assault in July. The July assault got here every week after a UK court docket ordered the web site to cease internet hosting Bitcoin white paper, a ruling that favored self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto and BSV proponent Craig Wright.

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