Dogecoin creator helps Elon Musk to fight crypto scambots on Twitter 23289 Elon Musk and Twitter
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Rakesh Ranjan Parashar
Sep 18, 2018 at 2:34 AM

In an interesting development on September 17, Elon Musk, the flamboyant founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, in an attempt to put a lid on giveaway scammers reached out to Dogecoin creator and Adobe product lead Jackson Palmer on Twitter.

This is not the first time Musk has voiced concerns about giveaway scammers. Back in February, a fake account by the Elon Musk’s name offered 400 ETH token to its 22 million Twitter followers. But for them to get the tokens, they had to send over at least 0.3 ETH to a malicious wallet address, which obviously belonged to the hacker.

It’s been an ongoing process for quite some time where ETH giveaway scams have plagued Twitter by spamming messages on the feed of public figures to lure new users into falling prey to such phishing scams. First, it was John McAfee, the head of McAfee cybersecurity, and next, Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum. Both their Twitter accounts were hacked recently, where the hackers announced free cryptocurrencies to their followers.

On September 17, Musk reached out to Palmer, saying:

@ummjackson if you can help get rid of the annoying scam spammers that would be much appreciated

Palmer replied:

In May, Palmer introduced a script that automatically blocks ETH giveaway scammers which utilize the same profile image of the public figure.

Finally, it seemed everything was sorted out, as Palmer tweeted:

Update: Elon has the script... we had a good chat on how @jack and the Twitter team should definitely automate and fix this problem on their end though.

Twitter to use blockchain to fight scambots

Taking into account the growing concerns about scams on social media, earlier this month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told a Congressional committee that he would explore blockchain technology to suppress such scams.

In the committee, California Representative Doris Matsui asked Dorsey hinting at his interest in Bitcoin, “You previously expressed interest in the broad applications of blockchain technology, including potentially in an effort to verify identity to fight misinformation and scams. What potential applications do you see for blockchain?"

Dorsey expressed his opinion in no uncertain terms:

"First and foremost we need to start with the problems that we're trying to solve and the problems we're solving for our customers and look at all available technology in order to understand if it could help us accelerate or make those outcomes much better,” he explained.

See Also: Twitter account of Tesla CEO, Elon Musk hacked! Promises ‘Free’ Cryptocurrency

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