Bitcoin.Org has been allegedly hit with a DDoS attack. A ransom is also on demand.
Attackers have been demanding a ransom worth 0.5 Bitcoin, the site operator claims.
The authentic Bitcoin website Bitcoin.org hit today with an “overwhelming attack” and it comes with a ransom demand. The site operator confirms the news.
Cobra, the pseudonymous operator of the website, states that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) has hit Bitcoin.org. After that, the attackers are demanding 0.5 Bitcoin, which amounts to $17,055 at the time of writing.
A distributed denial-of-service or DDoS attack is a coordinated attempt to overload a website with a lot of useless traffic and then eventually bring it down. These attacks are very common in the crypto industry. Trezor, a Bitcoin wallet manufacturer was hit by DDoS last year, and also the crypto exchange Poloniex.
The site is now back online since the latest publication.
He continued in a tweet saying:
What is Bitcoin.org?
Bitcoin.org is an educational resource that was registered in August 2008. This website helps the people get involved with Bitcoin, which is the largest cryptocurrency by market cap. This helps by giving information on where to buy the asset and also explaining its use cases.
The website lost a UK lawsuit after Cøbra chose to preserve his pseudonymity instead of defending himself against the charges of copyright infringement from Craig Wright – who claims to have invented Bitcoin. Because of the default judgment, Bitcoin.org should remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from its website for visitors from the UK.
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