Bitcoin.org, one of many first web sites about Bitcoin (BTC), has been hacked by on-line scammers and down as of the time of writing. 

Cobra, Bitcoin.org’s nameless curator, introduced on Sept. 23 that Bitcoin.org was compromised, with hackers managing to place up a rip-off discover on the positioning.

“Appears like Bitcoin.org received hacked and the whole website changed with a rip-off asking at no cost Bitcoin. Don’t ship funds to that deal with,” Bitcoin developer Matt Corallo reported on Twitter.

Following a question from Corallo, Namecheap quickly disabled the web site. In response to Cobra, the Bitcoin.org web site “could also be down for just a few days.”

Previous to Bitcoin.org going offline, customers reported that Bitcoin.org was exhibiting a basic faux giveaway announcement, with scammers reportedly managing to gather about $17,000 to their addresses.

After disabling the web site, Cobra steered that the hackers exploited a flaw within the DNS, stating that Bitcoin.org’s Cloudflare accounts and servers weren’t compromised.

The most recent assault comes after Bitcoin.org fell sufferer of a DDoS assault in early July, alongside a ransom demand for an undisclosed quantity of Bitcoin. The assault got here only one week after a courtroom in the UK ordered the web site to cease internet hosting the Bitcoin white paper, ruling in favor of self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin SV (BSV) proponent Craig Wright.

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Bitcoin.org has been topic to many controversies after Nakamoto left the Bitcoin group in late 2011, leaving the code to Bitcoin builders. The web site has since modified arms many instances, with Cobra being introduced as a co-owner of Bitcoin.org in late 2013.

In Could 2020, Bitcoin.com proprietor and Bitcoin Money (BCH) advocate, Roger Ver, expressed curiosity in shopping for the Bitcoin.org web site. Some crypto group members have accused Ver of making uncertainty over selling Bitcoin Money because the “actual” Bitcoin. A month later, Will Binns, one among Bitcoin.org’s overseers, mentioned that he had misplaced entry to the positioning, pointing to a possible breach.

Bitcoin.org is a landmark crypto web site, with its area title registered again in August 2008, just a few months earlier than nameless Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto mined the primary Bitcoin block in January 2009. Offering an academic useful resource in regards to the seminal cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.org is thought for internet hosting the Bitcoin Core, the software program used to hook up with the Bitcoin community and run a node.