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Hacker Offers $100,000 In BTC As Halliburton Hack Bounty

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An anonymous hacker named Phineas Fisher will pay around $100,000 in cryptocurrency to hackers who will leak damaging information about global high profile firms. The hacker offers $100k in BTC as a bounty for the “Hacktivist Bug Hunting Program” which was published on November 15 – targeting big companies including the Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group and the American oil company Halliburton.

According to reports from Vice which went viral in the Bitcoin scam news, the idea of the new bounty is to pay other hackers who carry out politically motivated hacks against other firms. This would lead to the disclosure of documents in the public interest. There are other targets too, including the mining and livestock companies in South America.

As the hacker offers the $100,000 in BTC, other hackers seem motivated. Phineas Fisher published the manifesto on Friday and said that he will pay hackers in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin (BTC) or the privacy-oriented coin Monero (XMR).

The hacker offers the bounty but has not been identified yet. Some say that there may be a group behind all this. In the published document, the hacker noted:

“Hacking to obtain and leak documents with public interest is one of the best ways for hackers to use their abilities to benefit society […] I’m not trying to make anyone rich. I’m just trying to provide enough funds so that hackers can make a decent living doing a good job.”

As Vice further reported, the identity of Phineas Fisher has never been made public, even after an investigation in the famous Hacking Team hack. However, what we know so far is that in 2015, Phineas was in the cryptonews for taking over the servers of the Hacking Team – an Italian firm providing hacking and surveillance software for police and corporations. His main intent was to expose all of the company’s secrets in a 400-gigabyte torrent file which contained internal emails, files and source code.

The hacker offers a bounty now and is known as one of the most dangerous hackers out there. Even with his “hacktivism” approach, he definitely raises a lot of eyebrows in the crypto community.

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Coinjer Scam Emerges On The Markets: Tips To Protect Yourself

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The Coinjer scam is one of the newest scams that happened in crypto-related social media. The con mainly works from Telegram channels and cons people into “investing” Bitcoin in order to earn more and we are reading more about it in today’s crypto news.The Coinjer scam is a relatively speaking a small attempt to siphon away Bitcoin (BTC). The con claims that it will give BTC reward but does not pay it, a Reddit thread explains on the subject.The messages circulating on Telegram proclaim that the user won 0.25 Bitcoin (BTC), just they have to claim the prize. The Coinjer site then asks the “happy winner” to register on the site. But an actual withdrawal of 0.25 Bitcoin (BTC) is not permitted and the user must supply some more Bitcoin (BTC) in order to reach the threshold of 0.3 Bitcoin (BTC). Even then Coinjer will not pay its user. Now the con asks for even more verification including a KYC screening, that costs 0.1 Bitcoin (BTC), as noted by another Reddit user. In this way, Coinjer beside the Bitcoin (BTC) is probably stealing electronic and real-world identities too.It looks like the con expanded from the Anglosphere social media to include Asian users. The name Coinjer is a parodical version of CoinJar, a legitimate crypto-payment service. What is now called “the most elaborate crypto scam” resemble a lot to old-fashioned mail-order scams, that had requirements of payment to give the promised prize. And in the end, the scams would not pay the said prize.Usually, scams are more present during growth times, and their presence falls in the duration of bear markets. For now, it seems that the so-called Ethereum giveaway scams have shrunk from Twitter. Pyramid-like scams reappear typically trying to contact investors directly appealing their naivety.This year, PlusToken scam was operating in China for months, stealing away more than $3 billion in Bitcoin (BTC). The HEX scam is also growing its base, trying to take Ethereum (ETH) and possibly Bitcoin (BTC). Telegram in recent times is one of the nest for scam activity, including the spreading of false ICO deposit addresses, tainted wallets, and impersonating ICO leaders. The Coinjer scam is not trying to “sell” another cryptocurrency but directly asks for Bitcoin (BTC).
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Argentina’s Government Gets Hit By Bitcoin Ransomware Attack

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Argentina’s government recently got hit with a Bitcoin ransomware attack and according to the latest information that we have in our Bitcoin blackmail news, the hacker demanded 50 BTC to withdraw the attack.For all of the positive changes that crypto brought over the years, there are still a lot of issues that emerge and cause harm to others. A perfect example of this is the hackers who recently attacked Argentina’s government by locking away 10 years' worth of government files. The Bitcoin ransomware attack supposedly took place about two weeks ago and according to Argentina’s minister of science and technology Alicia Banuelos, some of the details regarding the incident were exposed in an interview with Agencia de Noticia de san Luis which is the main digital news outlet.In an interview, Banuelos noted that the hackers invaded a data center that was used by the government and that they encrypted more than 7,700 GB of data. According to her assessment, it’s about 10 years’ worth of information but after the attack, the government managed to recover most of the encrypted data which is about 90 percent. Banuelos added that the job is still far from over and that decrypting all of the files will take more than two weeks. The amount of information that was encrypted is enormous and this is why the recovery of the files will be prolonged.As with other ransomware attacks, the hackers demanded the payment and they want it in the form of Bitcoin. Banuelos didn’t quite reveal the exact amount that the hackers required but some claim that the amount reached up to $370,000 in Bitcoin. The hackers tend to target the private sector with ransomware attacks but they also attack any individual, company or entity just to get paid. The governments have become targets of these attacks as well as previously reported when the South African City of Johannesburg administration website was also hacked by the hacking group of Shadow Kill Hackers.Another ransomware attack happened a few months ago from another group called Sadinokibi to attack a US data center. The powerful ransomware was used so the hackers obtain the data, demanding $287,000 to be paid. There was another attack on Stratford City Hall a few months ago when the attackers demanded a bitcoin payment worth about $75,000.
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Infamous Bitcoin Scammer Case Reopened By US SEC

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According to recent documents from the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) thinks that the case against the known fraudster and Ponzi schemer, Renwick Haddow, still needs to be properly solved. The infamous bitcoin scammer will be trailed again and we are reading more about it in the bitcoin news now.It looks like the United States SEC is not satisfied with the decision from the New York Southern District Court judge, in regards to the case against Renwick Haddow. Judge Lorna G. Schofield gave the order for the closure of the said case, which was brought by the SEC against the infamous Bitcoin scammer.But reading the latest report, we can see that SEC now is seeking to re-open the case, appealing that there are still unsolved several issues, mainly about certain monetary penalties that the US regulating body, wants to be sanctioned on the Ponzi fraudster.Haddow is well known for a number of high profile schemes, however, his hot-desking operation located in the USA and called Bar Works is likely the most famous. The fraud essentially consisted of selling false investments in unused restaurants and bars throughout a few US cities, including NYC and San Francisco. But he also had a temporary branch in Istanbul. He frauded above 100 UAE investors, who declared losing money in the count of millions of dirhams in this concrete scheme.The other big scams included making a front corporate network under the name ‘Capital Organization’ that consisted of 30 shell companies guilty for scamming investors out of a total of $180 million, according to a 2015 World Policy report. And there is also Bitcoin Store Inc and his 7th Avenue firms, which were instrumental in a further $37 million worth of scamming from investors from 2015 to 2017.At first, the SEC brought the case against Haddow involving several of his fraudulent operations. After the decision of the Court to close the case, the SEC sent letters and requests to the Judge that decided in the case, Lorna G. Schofield, asking for the re-opening of the case by the court. The complaint of the SEC is tied to the issue of monetary penalties and the unresolvedness tied to said penalties. The SEC also expects the outcome from one of two possible scenarios, after the sentencing of Haddow. The first one will include a monetary relief settlement among the parties, while the other will is a motion by the SEC seeking monetary relief on its own.
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US Marshals Warn That One Bitcoin ATM Scam Is Popular Again

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The US Marshals Service along with the FBI recently updated an earlier warning against scammers in which they were impersonating law enforcement officers. The agencies say that the people behind the scams accuse a potential victim of a crime and demand payments via Bitcoin ATMs or other obscure payment methods.As the Bitcoin scams news show, it is unclear how effective scams like these actually are. The requested payment method should be enough of a red flag but still the US Marshals feel that they should reissue their warning.For those of you who don't know, the US Marshals is a branch of the United States Department of Justice which has reissued a warning that it first made in late 2018. This details a series of scams in which individuals call potential victims and impersonate government law enforcement officers.In short, scammers call and tell the potential victim that they have an arrest warrant out for them. They also give some insignificant charge such as skipping jury duty and demand a fine. The receiver of the call is then informed that failure to pay this will result in a jail sentence.https://twitter.com/USMarshalsHQ/status/1203013258569035778"Spoofers" is the word that they used for the victims for the people which gave some instantly suspicious payment options. They can top up the pre-pay debit cards or buy gift cards and read the unique numbers to the caller. Also, they can buy Bitcoin using an ATM and send it to a wallet address provided over the phone.Despite the red flag which would make anyone suspicious about receiving such call, the scammers appear to be persisting. This has prompted the US Marshals to update their warning today that it first issued late last year.People who know this and are aware of it know that such scams seem outright ridiculous. Still, they must either be prevalent enough or effective enough for US Federal agencies to feel the need and warn the public against them. After all, scammers are always looking to dupe the most vulnerable people - and it seems that people like this are very commonly falling to their methods. This is again why the US Marshals office reissued the warning.
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