A wave of phishing attempts continues to hit Bitcoin business operators and users since a few months back, and it is completely troublesome that the Bitcoin gambling sector might be the next target of the attacks.
Although the online gaming industry already has its own set of scam stories, bettors are still warned to be extra careful when keying in their login details on any casino platform or clicking links sent to their inbox. Scammers have come up with creative schemes to phish for usernames and passwords that more vigilance is needed in order to safeguard bitcoins from possible theft online.
The latest scam has been reported to involve fake Bitcoin leaks, attracting users to take advantage of the compromised accounts, only to find out that they, themselves, have become the victim of the phishing attack.
The alleged Bitcoin leaks were presented to be from the cyrptocurrency exchange service bitcoin.lixter.com, from where 261 email IDs and passwords have been hacked. The scam scheme banks on the Bitcoin users’ greed to try out the leaked account details. Once logged in, the users will be asked to enter their own Bitcoin wallet information, and therefore, unknowingly submit their own genuine credentials to the mastermind behind the attack.
This setup raises concern for Bitcoin gambling players who may possibly be lured into doing the same in exchange for free bitcoins.
Meanwhile, more scam schemes have recently shaken popular Bitcoin platforms like CryptoCoinsNews, CoinDesk, and even Blockchain.info.
The two known Bitcoin news websites have been reported to experience the same phishing attempt to acquire bitcoins from their advertisers. CryptoCoinsNews’ CEO David Parker and CoinDesk’s Founder Shakil Khan were both used as alleged email senders who sell media spots on their respective websites.
Bitcoin wallet provider and block explorer Blockchain.info, on the other hand, has become a popular target for scammers who are eager to phish for its users’ details.
Back in March, a phishing website disguised as a Blockchain.info ad appears on the results of Google upon searching for the brand. The company has since then already warned its clients about the nature of the link.
However, scammers hit the Bitcoin wallet provider again; this time through an email message that informs users of an attempted login to their My Wallet account, which has allegedly caused the temporary deactivation of their account. The email continues to advise the potential victims to click on the link provided to reactive their My Wallet account.
Bitcoin casino affiliates and registered players may also receive such emails once the scammers turn their focus on the online gaming industry. Therefore, bettors are advised to always verify the authenticity of the email sender or source before clicking the links and typing in login credentials to avoid succumbing to the latest phishing attacks.