There’s a new threat on the loose involving a scam infecting crypto-Twitter. A fraudulent account targets Verge users among others.
According to The Next Web, freelance firm producer and director Seif Elsbei’s verified Twitter account @seifsbei which boastsTwitter’s coveted blue checkmark and more than 83,000 followers has been posing as the official Verge account.
The cryptocurrency was thrust into the spotlight when it brought the news that Pornhub would accept it as a payment method.
The hacker took advantage of the fact that Verge’s real account @vergecurrency lacks a verified checkmark.
Twitter allows verified users to change the display names without risking their verified status.
The hacker behind @seifsbei adopted the display name vergecurrency and retweeted messaged from the actual account of Verge.
Hackers also impersonated the Bitfinex exchange, Tron, and Bittrex
After that, hackers impersonated the exchange Bitfinex under the name Ƀitfinex.
A simple Google search for the account indicated that it was impersonating Bittrex as well under the name Ƀittrex before posing as Verge or Bitfinex.
The account’s controller has also been impersonating ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin, and some retweets from the @bitcoin account suggested that they were also posing as that account as well and as Tron.
Elsbei is working to regain control over his account
Before this week, hackers behind @seifsbei have been tweeting exclusively in Arabic.
Elsbei posted on his Facebook page that his account has been hacked and that he was dealing with the issue in order to regain control over it as soon as possible.
The account removes the banner image and its avatar as well, and the username is now “.”