Bitcoin.org goes offline after a hacker attack

Bitcoin.org, one of the first Bitcoin websites, was hacked by online scammers and is currently down.


Bitcoin.org hacked

Cobra, the anonymous administrator of Bitcoin.org, announced on September 23 that Bitcoin.org had been hacked. Hackers managed to post a scam message on the site.

“It looks like Bitcoin.org has been hacked and the entire site has been replaced by a scam asking for free Bitcoin. Do not send money to that address.” Bitcoin developer Matt Corallo reported on Twitter.

Namecheap has temporarily shut down the website after a request from Corallo. According to Cobra, the Bitcoin.org website could be offline for several days.

Before Bitcoin.org went offline, users reported that Bitcoin.org offered a classic fake giveaway announcement, with the scammers managing to collect around $17,000.

After shutting down the website, Cobra suggested that the hackers were taking advantage of a bug in the DNS. In addition, they claimed that Bitcoin.org’s Cloudflare accounts and servers were not compromised.


Past attacks

The latest attack comes after Bitcoin.org fell victim to a DDoS attack in early July. There was a ransom demand for an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin. The attack came just a week after a UK court ordered the website to stop hosting the Bitcoin white paper. A ruling was made in favor of Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin SV proponent Craig Wright.

Bitcoin.org has been a frequent topic of conversation after Nakamoto left the Bitcoin community in late 2011. As a result, the code was left to Bitcoin developers. The website has changed hands many times since then, with Cobra becoming the co-owner of Bitcoin.org in late 2013.

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In May 2020, Bitcoin.com owner Roger Ver expressed interest in buying the Bitcoin.org website. Some members of the crypto community have accused Ver of creating uncertainty about promoting Bitcoin Cash as the “real” Bitcoin. A month later, Will Binns, one of Bitcoin.org’s regulators, said he had lost access to the site.

Bitcoin.org is a historical crypto website The name was registered in August 2008. This was a few months before anonymous Bitcoin maker Satoshi Nakamoto mined the first Bitcoin block in January 2009. Bitcoin.org provides an educational resource on crypto and is known for hosting the Bitcoin Core. This is the software used to connect to the Bitcoin network and run a node.

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