Monero Cryptocurrency Ransom DDoS Attack Hits Oatmeal Comic Site

Comic Site the Oatmeal Caught in Ransomware-Cryptocurrency Scandal

A recent ransomware attack was performed by an unknown user who demanded $300 in Monero to halt a DDOS hack. This is just one of the many recent cryptocurrency attacks to hit the mainstream public area. The offense taken against the Oatmeal, a well-known comic book website was intended to get free Monero XMR Tokens. Sources at the Oatmeal confirmed the attack lasted roughly three hours before the founder of the site was asked to pay the ransom of $300 in Monero to stop it. Instead of paying the requested amount, the website used a standard DDOS security protocol to end the attack.

Founder Matthew Inman reported with the following statement on Twitter:

“Hey everyone, my site is still down from the DDOS attack. I just received this email, which is attempting to extort me for money to stop the attack. I'm still figuring out what to do, but I might end up having to switch hosts. Thanks for being patient.”

You can see the full Tweet on Twitter, which also has a picture of the email sent by the hackers, minus some blacked out areas likely to be personal information of the pirates or founder of the Oatmeal. Surprisingly, the ransom was only 3 XMR equivalent to a little over $300 at the tokens listed price. Hackers who wrote the email were apparently polite, stating that they knew sending anonymous cryptocurrency like Monero XMR may prove to be difficult for a newbie to the space.

Since the website has repeatedly been involved in cryptocurrency in the past, it makes sense that someone would try to ransom it for cryptocurrency. Some analyst report this just signs that crypto related ransomware is on the rise and branching to the mainstream public. Monero is a particularly troublesome cryptocurrency as it is entirely anonymous and continuously featured on several ‘crypto jacking’ websites. Monero’s legitimate followers have continually fought hackers using the system, but it’s impossible to stop everyone who has malicious intent from gaining access to any system. At this time, Monero remains mostly anonymous, except when used on exchanges where identity is required to perform and complete a transaction.

Bitcoin was the original cryptojacking go to token, but with so many new anonymous altcoins available, hackers are finding new ways to use them to commit illegal activities. The recent attack is proof that cryptocurrency still needs help with security protocols, especially if investors want to see it accepted by the mainstream public.

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