03 Oct '13, 6am

Bitcoin forum goes offline after hack

Bitcoin forum goes offline after hack

A popular Bitcoin forum, Bitcointalk.org, remained offline Wednesday night as it investigated a cyberattack. Bitcointalk.org uses forum software made by Simple Machines, a nonprofit organization. According to a video of the hack posted by a Reddit user, the attackers call themselves "The Hole Seekers." Users were greeted with classical music and animated explosions followed by the message: "Hello friend, Bitcoin has been seized by the FBI for being illegal. Thanks, bye," according to the video. The hack occurred just after the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation seized $3.6 million worth of the virtual currency as part of its shut down and arrest of the alleged operator of the Silk Road , an online market of mostly illicit goods. It was unclear whether the attack was aimed at compromising the site's users. A Bitcointalk.org administrator, who goes by the nickname "Theymos...

Full article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2051920/bitcoin-forum-goes...

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