Earlier today, Coinfomania reported that hackers compromised several crypto-related Twitter accounts (Binance, Coindesk, KUCOIN, etc.) as well as that of influential persons, including Joe Biden, Barrack Obama, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Elon Musk.
The persons behind the incident are asking users via tweets on compromised accounts to send Bitcoin (BTC) to an address to receive twice the amount they deposit, and at the time of writing has amassed 12.8 BTC ($116, 810). The funds have also been moved to several other addresses to obfuscate the source.
Amid the heist, however, Reddit crypto users spotted a hidden message in one of the transactions sent to the Bitcoin address used by the hackers. Data from the block explorer, the unidentified person, sent 0.00005348 BTC (appr. $0.5) in seven different transactions to the bitcoin wallet used by the hackers.
A total of 0.00121639 BTC (appr. $11.19) in transaction fees were spent on a message in transaction outputs which read:
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Transaction Outputs As Text
You Take Risk When Use Bitcoin
For Your Twitter Game
Bitcoin is Traceable
Why Not Monero
Bitcoin is Traceable; Why Not Monero
Over time, the ability of authorities to track bitcoin transactions to a person in real-life has led to the birth of privacy-optimized cryptocurrencies like Monero (XMR). The person/persons who wrote the message in the latest transactions are promoting Monero as the preferred cryptocurrency for people who want complete privacy with online transactions.
Many hold the opinion that Monero (XMR) is primarily used for transactions on the controversial dark web and other kinds of illicit activities. But this has not stopped the cryptocurrency from reaching a degree of widespread adoption, albeit under difficult circumstances with exchange listings.
At the time of writing, Monero (XMR) is ranked 15th on CoinMarketCap’s list of largest cryptocurrencies by market cap. The coin had a price of $69.53 and a market cap just above $1.2 billion.
Author: Wilfred Michael