Potential Intrusion Attack Comes After Bitcoin News Site Bitcoin.com, According To Roger Ver
Potential Intrusion Comes After Bitcoin.com, According To Roger Ver
The traditional financial market has largely been against the growth and improvement of the cryptocurrency community. However, a larger attack seems to be happening on Bitcoin.com, according to Roger Ver, and he is pointing his finger at the government for sponsoring it, according to a report from NewsBTC on Monday.
Ver stated that Google Suite provided him with an alert that the website was potentially intruded upon. Including a screenshot of the report in a Reddit post, he supported his claims with that the anonymous government-based hackers were trying to compromise the email accounts of Bitcoin.com. Based on the report that he received, Ver concluded that the website must be under attack as a result of their creation of tools that offer “economic freedom.”
Google underwent major changes in its security protocols two years ago, which established a new alert for any time that they detect potential government-sponsored cyber-attacks. These alerts are set off by emails that are loaded with malware, phishing, or aggressive brute force attacks. The attacks that come from cyber espionage associations, which are called Advanced Persistent Threats (APT).
The definitions indicate that the attackers, who are still unknown at this point, were trying to break in through GSuite to gain access to the data involved with Bitcoin.com. The full extent of the data is unknown, but it is possible that they were trying to get into emails, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and even backups of necessary files. If the attack was successful, the information would have been simultaneously exposed easily.
The vice president of security engineering at Google, Eric Grosse, said that the presence of this attack did not mean that user accounts were compromised. However, it could be a sign that they are a target, and that fact alone should be enough to urge users to secure their profiles. Though Grosse was unable to discuss how they knew the attacks were sponsored by state governments, the internal analysis proves it. He further added that releasing the information would further aid the hackers in their breach.
Realistically, some people believe that Google could have a full database that includes all of the addresses that could potentially harm other accounts in attacks. At the very minimum, the platform should have at least recognized some of the addresses as such. Since most hackers know enough to conceal their IP addresses, perhaps they sought out access through hacking the GSuite server for bitcoin.com directly.
While some commenters on Reddit were skeptical on Ver’s statement, others were on his side that this proves the potential for government-based or corporate espionage. One even blamed China, considering the history they have of cyber-attacks.
Ultimately, the public doesn’t really know who attacked bitcoin.com, apart from Google Itself. In the meantime, it is clear that the whole cryptocurrency community should be focused on improving security, starting with Ver and other crypto-related businesses with information on GSuite.
Follow along with the full Reddit thread on https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/awzlwt/because_bitcoincom_is_building_tools_to_bring/.