The twitter account of the South African Cricket Board (CSA) was compromised early this week by hackers running a Bitcoin-related scam. A tweet, which has since been deleted, was published stating that the country’s Cricket Board had teamed up with United Kingdom-based, which is one of South Africa’s cryptocurrency exchanges, Luno to run a “Bitcoin Lottery”.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had acknowledged the fact that the South African Cricket account had been hacked and issued a warning:
🚨 Please be aware that the @OfficialCSA Twitter account has been compromised. Our friends in South Africa are working hard to resolve the situation quickly.
Please do not click on any links or engage with the account until such time as this is rectified. pic.twitter.com/wJmk2v4sWg
— ICC (@ICC) January 14, 2019
Once the compromise had been resolved, CSA confirmed that the account was up and running safely again, apologizing to any fans who might have been affected by the hack:
And… we’re back!
Apologies to all our Twitter followers who were affected by the hack overnight. We are back in control & ready to bring you what promises to be an even more eventful Day 4 of Test cricket.
Thank you to our friends at the @ICC for your assistance this morning. pic.twitter.com/9z6KSBvB94
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 14, 2019
Luno released a tweet the next morning confirming that there was no partnership between the companies:
We distance ourselves from this tweet that is going around. We have not partnered with @OfficialCSA – read our blog and learn how to protect your money: https://t.co/yDlGoUsWy8 https://t.co/FlyoJipSJu
— Luno (@lunomoney) January 14, 2019
Hacking into Twitter accounts or using phishing as a scheme for hackers is not a new concept. The advice offered is to remain cautious when it comes to cryptocurrency activity until there is certainty regarding the legitimacy of an offer.