July 31, 2020
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Identity theft from verified profiles to steal bitcoins


An unknown person tells you that if you put an x amount in bitcoins it will refund you 2x amount. Bitcoins are virtual currency. You’d say no. What if that person has a verified twitter profile and it’s Elon Musk or Bill Gates? From experience of the computer security courses I teach that *NOBODY* gives away nothing. If something is free you are the product (in this case the victim of this scam).

It is hard to believe that cybercriminals have been able to access twitter systems through a company employee. This employee neglected their security, I don’t say it, says twitter -> https://twitter.com/TwitterSupport/status/1283591846464233474). A twitter employee! Not a computer store next door to your house (which I’m sure is a good computer scientist).

In bitcoins you work with wallets, this is the wallet of the cyber-https://www.blockchain.com/es/btc/address/bc1qxy2kgdygjrsqtzq2n0yrf2493p83kkfjhx0wlh. Wallets are like the bank account. A particularity of bitcoins and other virtual currencies is that everyone knowing the wallet address can know the balance. You own that wallet and the rest of the world sees your address and nothing else, does not see your name, surnames, where you live, Country, nothing, there is no bank in between, it is as if you will create your bank account yourself.

So far it has received this wallet 12.86899793 BTC which is equivalent to 103,000.00 euros in real currency (17 July 2020). You can see the bitcoin-other currency equivalence here -> https://es.investing.com/crypto/bitcoin/btc-eur-converter

In conclusion, never listen to something that seems to be a gift or that looks very good. Investigate a little and only if you are 100% sure to do so.


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Avelino Dominguez

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