The recent Twitter Hack, called by media the Bitcoin Scam - I know, some people are simple, was really great to follow because the hacker(s) made so much noise and so little money. Yep, with all the power to move markets (for example, opening a 100 leveraged position on a stock company or Bitcoin and twitting some positive news), they used the silly "give me your money and I'll double it" scam instead and made something over 12 Bitcoins.
Before the epic hacking campaign, compromising many of Twitter high-profile users, an ad went up on a market site that facilitates the trade of user accounts - ogusers. Yep, they tried to sell some of the accounts too, for a few hundred dollars.
Anyway, checking the blockchain transaction, I came across very interesting message. It was sent from somebody who understands the limits of anonymity in Bitcoin. The message reads:
Just Read ALL
Transaction Outputs As Text
You Take Risk When Use Bitcoin
for Your Twitter Game
Bitcoin is Traceable
Why Not Monero
Monero uses an obfuscated public ledger. That means, anybody can broadcast or send transactions, but no outside observer can tell the source, amount or destination. As anonymous as it gets. https://www.getmonero.org/
Back to the message. The friendly advise was quite unexpected, nobody likes scammers but what really is interesting is the energy that was put into it. The sender simply send a payment to the scammer, plus six other, vanity addresses.
Creating a vanity address isn't a simple process and you have to spend quite a bit of resources to get there. No, you can't simply write the message instead of the address because checksum (making sure there's no mistake in the address) of the wallet would not allow the money transfer.
The payment to the scammer was only 1337 sats - not just another simple number. Originating from 31337 "eleet", the UDP port used by Dead Cow Cult (hacker group) to access Windows 95 using Back Orifice (notorious hacking program). 31337 was later shorten to 1337 - "leet". The leet could also translate to "Respect!", especially if it's at the bottom of the message.
I hope, nobody is expecting the their Bitcoin to double and come back to them.
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