Twitter: hacker attack on the crypto world, involving Binance, KuCoin, CZ and Justin Sun
Twitter: hacker attack on the crypto world, involving Binance, KuCoin, CZ and Justin Sun
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Twitter: hacker attack on the crypto world, involving Binance, KuCoin, CZ and Justin Sun

By Marco Cavicchioli - 16 Jul 2020

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A hacker attack is underway on several Twitter profiles of exchanges and known people from the crypto world. 

The attack promotes what appears to be clearly a fraud attempt

In fact, the same message is appearing on several profiles:

“We have partnered with CryptoForHealth and are giving back 5000 BTC to the community.” 

The message, clearly false, is accompanied by a link to a website that most likely serves to perpetuate the scam. 

The official Twitter profiles of the Binance, Bitfinex, Gemini and KuCoin exchanges have now been hacked, as well as the personal profiles of the CEO of Binance CZ, the founder of TRON Justin Sun and the founder of Litecoin Charlie Lee

Many other profiles have also been hacked, and these are only the most notorious ones to have been targeted. For example, the bitcoin.org account has also been hit, and their number continues to grow.  

Andreas Antonopoulos commented

“It seems like some Twitter API posting service has been compromised and being used to send out fake “giveaway” tweets from popular crypto/blockchain accounts. “CryptoForHealth” is a scam.

No way are all these accounts unprotected by strong passwords and TOTP 2FA”. 

It is therefore possible that this is not a problem related to the direct access to these profiles, but to a successful attempt to use unprotected Twitter APIs to tweet using those accounts. 

The crypto markets reacted immediately with a small loss, but it seems to have already stopped. In fact, the problem seems to be limited to Twitter, and not to exchange platforms for example. 

Marco Cavicchioli
Marco Cavicchioli

Class 1975, Marco teaches web-technologies and is an online writer specializing in cryptocurrencies. He founded ilBitcoin.news, and his YouTube channel has more than 25 thousand subscribers.

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