People need to reconsider before bragging about owning a considerable amount of bitcoin in a public forum, as this might give way for scammers to target them, says a Google official, who fights email frauds and abuses.
Addressing to report, Mark Risher said that there had been an expansion in attacks against individuals who hold cryptocurrencies in wallets. Gloating about owing bitcoin in public message boards can be quickly trailed by criminal activities on their mail accounts, he said.
“It could simply be an instance of mixed up personality or blame by affiliation,” Risher expressed. According to him, scammers are having a track of people’s personal social media posts and other sources before focusing on them as victims to email scams.
“They could be using someone who seems to be low value to turn toward someone considered a higher value target, similar to someone political in nature. Or on the other hand, possibly they saw that you were discussing Bitcoin on a public message board.”
Risher administers Google’s email fraud and secures its properties against cyber attacks. He said that few digital currency wallets enable clients to reset their passwords using their email, which enables attackers to open wallets using the reset link via the mail and plunder cryptocurrencies.
Expressing about a decade old “Nigerian Prince” trick, he said that it isn’t reasonable for an associate to do that with the criminals today. The messages that we could receive from companions or family, regularly offer an approach to new email attackers.
As the amount of data we exchange increases, we tend to overlook that the information shared does not vanish from the web and hence “our information is everywhere”, he included.
Risher additionally said that such tricks could be limited if all the email addresses related with financial records and digital money wallets are noted, keeping in mind the security related to such financial addresses. Additionally, constraining the amount of sharing personal data concerning the cryptocurrency wallet or financial records via web-based social media, can curb such crimes, he said.