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Blockchain.info, CoIntellect Users Warned of Recent Phishing Ploys

Chris in Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency published on 3, September 2014

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The creative phishing attempts have been making rounds lately, and these continue to target the users of the popular Bitcoin wallet provider and block explorer service, Blockchain.info, as well as those of CoIntellect, a cloud mining service.

It has been previously reported that an email sent to its clients by a certain Blockchain.imfo warn users of instances of login attempts to their My Wallet account, advising them to click on the link in order to reactivate their then temporarily suspended account.

This time, however, Blockchain.info users have started to receive other kinds of phishing emails from various senders, informing them that their account will be blocked unless they verify it to comply with the company’s safety measures.

Clicking on the link to initiate the verification process leads to the URL www.blockchain.0800co.co.uk, where users are asked to enter their login credentials for their Blockchain.info account. Doing this step exposes all the contents of the account, enabling the perpetrators to acquire all bitcoins.

Bitcoiners also noted on Bitcointalk another scam attempt via email, which uses a fake invoice .JAR file sent by Cloudhashing and Cointerra.

Meanwhile, unlike the fake email scam attempts, CoIntellect is being accused of being a scam and as the one responsible for the loss of bitcoins in various Bitcoin wallets and accounts of its users.

According to Eivind Helgesen, a part-time employee at a digital currency exchange online, CoIntellect could very well be a scam website. He ran a deep scan on the company’s mining software using VirusTotal after numerous users complained about their mysteriously withdrawn funds and emptied desktop and web Bitcoin wallets.

Helgesen said four potentially malicious hacking viruses, one of which is a Trojan horse, have been revealed:

  • Suspicious_GEN.F47V0819

  • Hacktool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.bAM

  • Artemis!830C7AE47D8D

  • a variant of Win32/BitCoinMiner.AM

Besides the possible viruses, CoIntellect also has an unverified SSL-certificate and a suspiciously large number of backlinks, many of which are from gambling and porn-related websites.

Similarly, reports have linked the company to the scamming schemes also employed by other platforms, namely CoinBeez, CoinGeneration, and IPUServices.

As these cases seem to never cease, Bitcoin gambling enthusiasts are advised to be more cautious when receiving suspicious emails from any Bitcoin-related services. Likewise, those who also engage in mining bitcoins should be more skeptical before entrusting their potential to profit in the hands of any service with a hardly established reputation.

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