Google is the latest victim of Bitcoin distribution scams that are proliferating on Twitter.
This Tuesday, the Twitter account of the G Suite applications suite of the search giant has been hacked. He was able, for about ten minutes, to promote a fraudulent “distribution” program, supposed to allow Internet users to pocket Bitcoins.
Originally reported by TheNextWeb, this distribution was presented as “the largest in the world”.
“Google will pay 10,000 Bitcoins (BTC) to the entire community! We decided to offer the largest distribution in the world! Now you can make payments in G suite using cryptocurrencies, “said this tweet.
Multiply your Bitcoins by 10
Like other such scams, participants were asked to send a certain amount (between 0.1 and 2 BTCs) to “check” their Bitcoin address and receive 10 times more BTCs.
Since the crypto-transactions are irreversible, the victims could not hope to recover their BTCs, since the scammers did not intend to send them, in return, any corner.
This piracy comes hours after a similar scam targeting the US giant Target distribution. He confirmed the incident, saying he had lost control of his Twitter account for about thirty minutes.
“Early this morning, we accessed our Twitter account inappropriately. This access lasted about half an hour, and a false tweet, about a Bitcoin scam, was published during this period, “said Target in a statement. “We have been able to regain control of the account, and we are in discussion with Twitter to conduct an investigation.”
As with the misappropriation of the G Suite account, the crooks have tried to seduce users by presenting their distribution as the largest in the world. This time, they promised a total of 5,000 Bitcoins, half of what the G Suite hacked account offered.
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Last week, it was the account of Pathé UK, a production studio based in London, which was hacked. By posing as the account of the billionaire Elon Musk, he then began to promote a distribution of “10 000 Bitcoic (sic)”:
However, if the production company managed to regain control of its account, several Internet users would have been victims of this scam.
Some observers believe that the crooks managed to generate the equivalent of $ 180,000 through this fraudulent tweeting, which they have also put forward through the Twitter advertising program. And according to the Telegraph, more than 300 individuals have been victims of the scam.
A point of view that does not share the site CCN, which indicates that it is the hackers who would be at the origin of the majority of the transfers sent towards the addresses that they presented.