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It seems as though the Bitcoin twitter account scandal isn’t the only thing trending when it comes to cryptocurrency controversy on Twitter.
Yesterday, the Vertcoin twitter account was compromised when hackers gained access to the account and tweeted an announcement that the altcoin was offering 10 BTC to a winner of a giveaway. The requirement to enter the ‘giveaway celeb ation’ was that users had to send 0.005 BTC to an address quoted in the tweet.
The tweet, which has since been removed, said:
“Hey, everyone! Vertcoin and staff are pleased to announce that we’re doing a 10 BTC giveaway to our followers to celebrate Vertcoin’s success. Send 0.005 to 3HU5sj7kB6wT9zRwpbhCRrR28vKWjfkMKf enter! Winner will be announced 5/3/18 at 8pm EST.” — Vertcoin (@Vertcoin)
Very shortly after this was posted, Vertcoin lead developer James Lovejoy alerted users that the announcement owed to a hack into the account and that the giveaway was a hoax.
— James Lovejoy (@jamesl22) May 1, 2018
Twitter spam and frauds aren’t irregular, and often users pose as legitimate figures in order to line their pockets with scammed funds. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, Litecoin founder Charlie Lite, and innovative icon Elon Musk have all fallen prey to posers.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is a well-known advocate of Bitcoin and has expressed his opinion that the “world ultimately will have a single currency, the Internet will have a single currency… [he] personally [believes] that it will be Bitcoin”.
This is also not the first time that a verified account has been jeopardized by hackers. Recently Verge, one of the top twenty-five cryptocurrencies was hacked in a similar fashion. Both Verge’s and Vertcoin’s attack follow a promise that Dorsey made to attempt to safeguard the social media platform.
Despite Dorsey’s attempts, cryptocurrency on Twitter still seems to receive a great deal of attention from fraudsters and it might take a mammoth effort to remove cyber scams from the platform entirely.