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Bitcoin.com, the website for news and promotion of Bitcoin Cash, owned by Mr. Roger Ver could be under some kind of malicious attack sponsored by rival governments.

In a Reddit post, the man known as “Bitcoin Jesus” shared an image of an email from Google warning him that a group of government hackers might be attempting to attack the website by targeting one of his G Suite users.

According to Roger Ver, the cause of the attacks is Bitcoin.com’s effort to “bring economic freedom to the world.”

“Because Bitcoin.com is building tools to bring economic freedom to the world, we are likely under government-backed attacks.

Below is a copy of the screenshot attached in Mr. Ver’s post:

Just a Warning

Google said that the detection of threats to its customers improved as a result of a change in their cybersecurity algorithms and procedures. Now when Google finds a potential risk, they send an email to the victim advising to take the corresponding precautions.

However, Google is emphatic in pointing out two essential aspects that must be taken into account:

  1. – It is possible that the threat is a false alarm
  2. – Cannot explain what procedure they use to detect threats, so it is impossible to audit the method to see how credible it is

The email received by Mr. Ver is generic; one cannot accurately know which suspicious methodology was detected by Google. The company recommends a series of steps to all its customers to reinforce their security, including installing software updates, 2FA, Security Keys, and tips to prevent malware infection.

The Reddit community soon debated about the truth and causes of this warning. Ethrael explains that it could be an alliance between the Chinese government and Bitmain.

What worries me about this is that I give it about an 80% chance this means China, as Google have a very weak track record when it comes to calling out the US government. Why would China be attacking bitcoin.com ? I would have assumed China was aligned with Bitmain, and thus by extension at least neutral to bitcoin.com?
I can’t keep track of all this factionalism. God I hate politics.

Others such as Ragnarok1066 were skeptical:

Could also be a false alarm. They might not necessarily be government backed but a website of Bitcoin.com size is bound to attract attackers regardless. Since Google doesn’t really tell you how they know it’s a government attack you don’t really have much information to go on.
Your running an exchange so I assume your already up to date with all the security practices, but it’s a good opportunity to make sure that everyone in your organisation is up to date also and educate your users on good security.

Although it may be a warning, the use of updated security measures is always one of the standard recommendations not only for the media but also for any user who wants to have their data secure and free of threats.