Fake Bitcoin lottery news tweeted on Cricket South Africa account
It’s nothing new for scammers to target and hack public figures’ Twitter account, however, this time national cricket team of South Africa fell prey. Reported today, the hackers via Cricket South Africa Twitter account posted around 4:20 am the alleged partnership between the national team and a UK-based cryptocurrency wallet, Luno and that users have an opportunity to win 20 Bitcoin [BTC] that is equivalent to $70,900.
“@OfficialCSA is partnering with @lunomoney for the fist South African Bitcoin Lottery. Simply send 0,01 BTC to 13My18T92DCzGdrtiCgRuS32T6rFLjnG56 and your BTC Wallet Address will be entered into a BTC Lottery for 20BTC (That’s Over R1Mil). Lottery closes at 15 Jan @ 10PM.”
International Cricket Council, the global cricket governing body has acknowledged the hacking activity and has sent out a precautionary note to the users. The fans and followers were asked not to visit the account until the issue is resolved and the tweets are removed from the handle. However, the fake tweets continued to be posted till 9am (IST).
“Please be aware that the @OfficialCSA Twitter account has been compromised. Our friends in South Africa are working hard to resolve the situation quickly. Please do not click on any links or engage with the account until such time as this is rectified,” read the ICC tweet.
The confirmation of the tweets being deleted from the platform was announced at 11:23 am (IST) by the Cricket South Africa via post saying, “And… we’re back! Apologies to all our Twitter followers who were affected by the hack overnight. We are back in control & ready to bring you what promises to be an even more eventful Day 4 of Test cricket. Thank you to our friends at the @ICC for your assistance this morning.”
Such scamming activity is not something new on Twitter. Last year in November, Twitter confirmed that the hackers used third party software application to post fake Bitcoin giveaway links. The hackers had attached Bitcoin give away links on to each of the accounts.
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