Blockchain is the new Viagra
  • Micha
  • 21. August 2017
  • 3 min read
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…and that is not because everyone is getting seriously aroused by the most recent Bitcoin price hike but rather because you keep receiving blockchain-related garbage to your inbox instead of 'penis enlargement pills' and 'Viagra discount' spam like in the good old days.

Please ignore the explicit language used or feel free to use it for your entertainment. It's been very emotional writing this.

Remember our mutual friend, the rich persian prince who really, really wants you to help him move his fortune to a foreign bank account? I do miss him somehow…

Lately, a really large number of spam mails are all about Ethereum and Bitcoin wallet verification, ICO scams or just some utter bullshit containing keywords related to blockchain technology.

While most of the spam I receive still looks like it’s been written by an eight-year-old, one of our co-founders came across a very sophisticated phishing attempt a few weeks ago. You're asking where? On Slack!

Many of you are probably using the team chat and trusts it to be legit. So when your slackbot shoots you a message you are likely to think it's trustworthy. How would they even find out about you being a user of cryptocurrencies or sneak into your channels? It’s pretty easy. Many people were targeted who are member of a blockchain-related open community team on slack, with their emails being easily accessible.

Here’s what the phishing attempt looked like:

Slack Phishing Attempt
Blockchain Phishing Slack

Pretty sneaky, isn't it?

But there's of course the good old email spam. I received the following to my inbox a couple of days ago (note how I clicked the link like the fearless daredevil I am):

Spam Mail Blockchain Service

Not only the extremely savvy user will be able to know this is spam. You know, they are talking about the freaking 'technical services of Blockchain' – not knowing there is not only one magic money-printing chain thingy. Assuming how many users know too little about what they are doing when joining a blockchain network, I would not be surprised if quite a few fell for it. But in the end the above is like saying: 'This instruction has been sent to all money users'.

Here are a few other examples collected by my coworkers and one other I found on Reddit.

Blockchain scam confirmation

http://www.mobypicture.com/user/Schwizzle/view/19972297

For all you Germans (and those who know how to read it), here is one particularly funny translation fuckup. But I doubt the original version contains significantly less bull$h!t…



Spam translation fail

Fapturbo2.0 – it's already become a classic. Get yours now!

You might also want to educate yourself further on this topic with the following resources, not only focusing on spam and phishing but also more large-scale exploits and hacks regarding blockchains, especially Ethereum (with ICOs being all the rage right now):

– Exploits, Hacks, Phishing, Ponzi Are on the Rise on Ethereum
– It’s Time to Get Real: Stop Relying on Third Parties to Protect You & Your Funds. You are responsible for your security.
– ⚠ WARNING! Stop clicking links. Stop sending to addresses that were msg'd to you. Stop trusting slackbots. Stop trusting anyone on the fucking internet. Stop falling for scams.

If you have some other interesting blockchain-related spam, phishing or fraud examples, feel free to send them to [email protected] and I will collect the best for publication on Facebook and Twitter.

In the meantime, try not to give away your wallet logins and private keys to anyone who asks. Not even if they are the persian prince. Thanks for reading!

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