In the early hours of Monday, January 14, the official Twitter account of South Africa’s national cricket organization (CSA) was compromised and came under the control of scammers for more than five hours.
A report about the ugly incident revealed that the attack started at around 4.20 AM IST, calling on the over 1 million followers of the account to participate in a Bitcoin Lottery. The hackers claimed that CSA had partnered with UK-based crypto exchange Luno, to conduct the lottery.
One of the now-deleted tweets read,
“@OfficialCSA is partnering with @lunomoney for the first South African Bitcoin Lottery.”
To participate, users were asked to send 0,01 BTC to a designated bitcoin wallet, and in exchange, their address would be added to the lottery worth 20 BTC. Just like any other Bitcoin scam tweet, the fake lottery said it would end in less than 24 hours, apparently a way to pressure people into taking action.
At the time of writing this report, we noticed that there was 0.02BTC in the wallet address which seems to suggest to only two Twitter users fell victim to the scheme.
CSA Back in Control Following Twitter Hack
A little over five hours after the series of fraudulent tweets, Cricket South Africa (CSA) made a tweet on the account to show that the issue is now resolved.
“Apologies to all our Twitter followers who were affected by the hack overnight,” a line of the new tweet read.
In another tweet, the official Luno Twitter account distanced itself from the hack by confirming that it did not partner with the CSA.
The latest hack incident is the second high-profile attempt by scammers to defraud unsuspecting crypto holders of their asset within the past week. We reported on Wednesday that the official Twitter account of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) was compromised and used to promote a fake Coinbase giveaway.
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