Phishing Email Attacks: CoinDesk Warns People Of Possible Crypto Scamming


CoinDesk, a cryptocurrency and blockchain focussed news portal has come forward and issued a public warning regarding the crypto scammers who are deliberately trying to utilise their publication’s name while sending the fake emails or phishing email. The warning has been issued after the cyber hackers have hacked the Twitter account of the famous personalities such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and more. It seems that the Twitter account of CoinDesk has been hacked by the scammers as well.

“CoinDesk was one of the hijacked accounts, too (our handle is all better now, thanks), and it was far from the first time our brand was exploited by crooks looking to make a quick buck. Nor has it been the last,” CoinDesk wrote.

Coindesk also stated that the scammers have previously promised to put out news coverage in exchange for money after which they impersonated the CoinDesk reporters. The website has warned that the hackers might just have found another scheme in their mind.

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“Over the past few weeks, CoinDesk has seen evidence scammers are copying our newsletters in their entirety, adding a malicious link at the top and changing the subject line to emphasize that link,” the publication wrote. “They then send the email to a list of active and perhaps crypto-curious email addresses likely acquired from privacy-ignoring data brokers or the dark web, completing the phishing scheme.”

CoinDesk users, who had literally never signed up for the mailings, would generally unsubscribe from the service after receiving the phishing email. Nevertheless, they will either be redirected to a link that performs as non-working or to another phishing attempt as they have got in their minds.

CoinDesk has also noted that the fonts used in the phishing email utilized for the phishing scam are not alike as the fonts that have been used in the publication’s newsletters. But for those who as of now have not subscribed to the site’s mailings, the publication has also offered a few important tips on how to spot a phishing email and not respond to it.

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“There is a giveaway but you need to be paying attention: The malicious link is always in a short ‘news’ item that comes right after the byline, usually touting a company you’ve never heard of,” CoinDesk wrote. “None of our newsletters begins this way, so if you see one of these, flag it right away by forwarding the email to [email protected]

The site has promised that it is working hard to track down the crypto scammers. In the meantime, the users should be exclusively “wary of the suspicious-looking links.” Instead of just randomly clicking on the unsubscribed button on receiving the fake emails, users should find their way to block or filter the senders’ addresses for no such further experience.

Source: Token Post

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