Bitcoin.org Back Online After an ‘Absolutely Massive DDoS Attack’ & 0.5 BTC Ransom Demand
Bitcoin.org, an original Bitcoin website, has been hit with an “overwhelming attack” and a ransom demand.
On Monday, Cøbra, a pseudonymous operator of the website, tweeted that the website has been hit with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), following which the attacker demanded 0.5 BTC, worth about $17k at the current price of $34,000 per Bitcoin.
“Bitcoin.org getting hit with an absolutely massive DDoS attack and a ransom demand to send Bitcoin or they'll continue.”
“I don't think I've been this offended in a while. Ungrateful scum.”
The website that was first registered in 2008 and is an educational resource is currently online.
Elsewhere, the ransomware group REvil has demanded a ransom of $70 million in BTC for a decryptor tool following the attack on the software vendor Kaseya.
“We know there are thousands of victims here. REvil [has] limited resources to handle negotiations and process keys,” said researcher Allan Liska at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, calling this the biggest non-nation state supply chain attack ever and possibly the second biggest ransomware attack.