The Co-host of the Longform journalism podcast and cryptocurrency show Coin talker Aaron Lammer dint notice at the first time when his website was hacked. A follower tilted him off saying that aaronlammer.com is been replaced by a notice. Instead of paying the ransom, Lammer tapped on a link which said: “Contact us”. This lead facebook page under the name Barberousse Mohammed.
The notice reads as follows “Oops, your website has been encrypted, and a countdown clock indicates the site would be deleted unless a ransom of 0.0025 Bitcoin or about $230 at the time of writing is given to the hacker.
Lammer sent Mohammed a messaged. “Hi,” he said “I don’t have any Bitcoin. Do you accept Ripple?” It began an epic trolling as Lammer cycled through ideological talking points from all the facets of the cryptocurrency world. Later the hacker got more and more agitated. Mohammed is not responding to The Verge’s request for comment.
The cybercriminals have benefited from the proliferation of cryptocurrency as a semi-anonymous method to send cash. “Cryptojacking,” a technique for hackers to seize control of a user’s machine without his knowledge. Then it is utilized for the processing power and mine cryptocurrencies. It is increased to 27 percent from the last quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018.
Bestowing to the security software firm Malware Bytes, It discharges a quarterly cybercrime report. Concurrently, hackers are targeting individual’s public-facing Bitcoin users such as cryptocurrency YouTubers.
Further Malware Bytes reports state that “From driveby mining attacks via browser to scams meant to drain users’ crypto wallet, cybercriminals are taking every opportunity to exploit the rising value and popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies,”
Ransomware barraged at the peak moments in 2016 and 2017 with attacks like WannaCry. It targets millions of machines and demands cryptocurrency payments. According to report, the cybersecurity firm Sonic Wall, these types of attacks have been on the decline in 2018. The tactic is still popular with hackers.
Lammer and Mohammed’s chat
As Lammer dint responds to the website, he got to use an opportunity to troll. Further, Mohammed says “Dude I’m just hacker I’m not really into bitcoin [sic]” to which Lammer responds, “You’re not into Bitcoin? Cmon bro. Why not? I was so excited when I saw that you hacked me because I don’t have that many people I can talk to about decentralization.”
Lammer settled to catch the most caustic of digital currency bickering. There is an outstanding debate going on between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Lammer bluffs to send Mohammed Bitcoin and an ache that it didn’t appear yet as Bitcoin isn’t fast or cheap as Bitcoin Cash. It didn’t hit because fees are been trashed.
Later as hacker responds, “sir just makes the payment the fees don’t matter,” Lammer puts on his best impression of a Bitcoin Cash zealot. “Fees don’t MATTER!?!?!?!? Oh my god [sic],” he says.
Further, Lammer tweets Mohammed as follows, I just thought it would be funny if I could get him into a ‘who’s on first’ situation where I kept insisting BCash WAS Bitcoin and then eventually blame transaction times for the delay in his payment.
Lammer salvaged the website by contacting his domain host. It is detected that the site is been hacked through a WordPress exploit on an unused domain connected to the account. The affirmation happened took place and Lammer is chatting with Mohammed when he took back the control of the account. Lastly, he says Dreamhost has given the domain back and he dint seems to have noticed this and so he was playing with money.
Mohammed enticed when Lammer asked, “Whats your favorite anime series ever?” “I like hunter x hunter,” Mohammed says. “No[w] are you gonna ke[ep] wasting my time?”
Lammer posted full debate along with his hacker name on Twitter and Medium. Many people were diverted and few alleged Lammer of faking the chat. Some comments delegated into same ideological squabbles. Lammer says “Most people are like ‘that sucks, but that was funny’ and then if you go deep enough in threads, there are people like ‘buuuuuut wait BCASH is better though,’”
Bestowing to the Cybersecurity, research, and marketing firm CyberEdge Group, in the year 2017, only half of the victimized organizations paid the ransom and got their data back. The researchers suggest that Lammer was right not to pay his hacker.
After the paying the ransom, Lammer says he was not sure if he had to get his site back. He thought that it might just ask for more. Lammer says “plus, I really like talking to scammers and if I had paid him he would probably instantly disappeared.”