A new Bitcoin scam has surfaced and appears to be delivered mostly via email by exploiting weaknesses in Hotmail or Live mail accounts. Victims receive a legitimate-looking email that will usually mimic an email they are expecting to receive, making the scam seem even more real. A link in the email redirects the victim either to an extremely genuine looking BBC news webpage or simply to a page asking for a password.
Martin Jartelius, CSO at Outpost24:
“This is traditional phishing. The BBC is not to blame, and already by reaching out with information, they are doing plenty. Users should stay alert and always verify that the website they are visiting has a certificate issued to the expected organization. However, it is best to simply ask relevant questions such as is this reasonable, and is this something I expected or requested to receive? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The general population needs to apply basic skepticism and assess the situation. We cannot keep pushing that responsibility on others and must learn how to spot deception.”