Just a few hours after the scam bots on Twitter targeted and took over the Pope Francis’ profile to promote a fake Bitcoin giveaway, Elon Musk was again provoked while taking a playful jab at a now-ubiquitous Twitter scam.
Musk responded to a thread under a tweet from Techmeme and referenced Twitter’s largest purge of scam bots. He said that he wants Ethereum now – even if it is a scam.
At this point, I want ETH even if it is a scam
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 28, 2018
However, a fake “Elon Musk” handle took this chance to promote a purported crypto giveaway from the Tesla founder. The tweet was deleted soon after it went live.
The key takeaway here is that many famous people and high-profile accounts on Twitter are constantly targeted by the scam giveaway bot network. The network also uses retweets and favorites (likes) to push the fraudulent reply to the top of the threat so that it appeared immediately after Musk’s original tweet, creating the impression that he again replied to his own tweet in a thread.
If clicked, the scam takeaway will navigate you to a website called “https://www.musk-surprise.info” with a Medium article that appears as it was written by Musk outlines the format of the popular scam and lures people to join offering both BTC and ETH giveaways – as well as a Tesla Model 3 to one lucky winner after “verifying” their wallet addresses and sending a crypto sum.
Obviously, the “verification” is how the scammers take the user wallets and steal their funds. What matters is that more and more cybercriminals are using advanced tactics and focus on creating several duplicate (high-profile) accounts to lure people and promote scam content.
Boston Legal System Damaged After BTC Ransomware Attack
“CPCS’s computer systems have been attacked and are not working properly. We are still representing clients. In addition, there is no evidence that confidential information from clients has been released as a result of these attacks.”Initially, the attack happened on February 27. The organization believed that paying the ransom means a waste of money so they decided to restore the systems manually. Two weeks after, the entire justice system in Boston can feel the damaging effects. The agency cannot really say how long the delay will last or when they will get back online. In the meantime, people working in the agency cannot use their email or enter the agency’s website. Ransomware attacks became popular in 2015. The attackers mainly targeted police agencies that end up paying the ransom. The public infrastructure is always a target of ransomware attackers since the offer public services and cannot end up being crippled because the people are the ones who pay the higher price. The public defenders didn’t say how much money the attackers demanded. However, the cost to unlock a computer could start from $100 up to thousands of dollars. The attackers usually target victims individually but law enforcement agencies or other government agencies are not excluded. Last year, a couple of Dutch hackers were sentenced to community service after attacking more than 1,000 computer systems and gathering over $11,000.
Thieves Steal $200k Worth Of Bitcoin (BTC) Across 7 Canadian Cities
OneCoin Founders Charged Of Fraud By US District Attorney
“As alleged, these defendants created a multibillion-dollar ‘cryptocurrency’ company based completely on lies and deceit. They promised big returns and minimal risk, but, as alleged, this business was a pyramid scheme based on smoke and mirrors more than zeroes and ones. Investors were victimized while the defendants got rich. Our Office has a history of successfully targeting, arresting, and convicting financial fraudsters, and this case is no different.”The New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. claimed that the defendants created an old-school pyramid scheme compromising the integrity of the entire financial system in New York by defrauding investors for billions of dollars.
British Financial Regulator Issues Warning Against Illegal Crypto Firms
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