Bitcoin.org, the oldest bitcoin education resource site registered in 2008, appears to be compromised for promoting dubious bitcoin giveaways.
Users first started to notice and share on Twitter early Thursday morning that the homepage of Bitcoin.org is now displaying a pop-up page that asks users to send bitcoin to a dedicated address with promises they will receive doubled amount in return.
Such method is similar to typical crypto giveaway scams that were rampant on Twitter usually initiated by imposters of influential accounts, including that of Vitalik Buterin and Elon Musk.
Meanwhile, all other sub-pages on Bitcoin.org are not functional as the current homepage does not allow clicking into any other pages such as the PDF version of the Bitcoin white paper.
The direct URL for the Bitcoin white paper on Bitcoin.org also shows a “404 Not Found.”
In a Twitter reply to Bitcoin Core contributor Matt Corallo, domain hosting site Namecheap said it has temporarily disabled the Bitcoin.org domain, which is now inaccessible.
The address that’s displayed on the site right now has received 0.4 bitcoin worth $17,000 over the past hour but it’s unclear if it’s from any victim that fell for it.