Bitcoin.org got hit with a ransomware DDoS attack and the attackers demanded 0.5 Bitcoin as we can see more in our latest cryptocurrency news.
The information resource platform Bitcoin.org got hit with a ransomware DDoS attack today according to the operators and the overwhelming attack overloaded the platform with useless traffic and the attackers demanded a ransom of 0.5 BTC. The original website was hit with the overwhelming attack today as the operator confirmed. Cobra, the anonymous operator of the website, said that a distributed-denial of service or DDoS attack hit Bitcoin.org and then the attackers demanded 0.5 BTC or $17,055 at today’s price. The DDoS attacks are coordinated attempts to overload the website with useless traffic and in turn to bring it down. These attacks are common in the crypto world as we saw BTC wallet manufacturer Trezor being hit with a similar one as well as Poloniex. Cobra commented on the attack:
“It’s a very overwhelming attack, it’s a struggle to deal with, and I don’t know how long we’ll be down for. I don’t think I’ve been this offended in a while. Ungrateful scum.”
https://t.co/OsFgRFRRZb getting hit with an absolutely massive DDoS attack and a ransom demand to send Bitcoin or they'll continue.
I don't think I've been this offended in a while. Ungrateful scum.
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) July 5, 2021
Bitcoin.org is an educational resource founded in 2008 and the website helps people get involved with Bitcoin which is the biggest cryptocurrency by market cap, by providing more information on where to buy the asset and what are the main use cases. The website lost a UK lawsuit a month ago after Cobra chose to keep his identity hidden rather than defend himself against charges of copyright infringement from Craig Wright who claims to have invented Bitcoin. Bitcoin.org as a result was ordered to remove the whitepaper for the cryptocurrency from its website for UK visitors.
Cobra’s anonymity was key for Wright to win this legal battle. Of all of the websites hosting the whitepaper, suing the webmaster of Bitcoin.org was a move that Wright could try in the hope of not getting more counterclaims. The stunt put Cobra against the wall and as we can see, it worked. The Bitcoin.org website will have to remove all access to the whitepaper for the UK and post information about Wright’s victory because the webmaster decided to not fight back. Cobra did say that he would gladly pay monetary penalties with a BTC transfer to the address known to be the one of Satoshi.
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