Recent account hacks on Twitter have been a boom in the social network, with several accounts hacked such as Coinbase, Binance, Bill Gates, CoinDesk and even Twitter Support itself. All of this makes it clear that the attack has been a well coordinated and well worked attack, with the goal of carrying out a large scale scam that has so far taken in more than 100 thousand dollars and has left several victims. Victims who have relied on verified profiles that were used illegally to promote this scam.
The Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Kanye West and Bill Gates were hacked into by Bitcoin thieves
However, the attack that is still under investigation by Twitter and those affected, has brought with it another curious fact that has been recorded forever in Bitcoin’s blockchain. We are talking about two transactions that carry a curious message between the noise of the hacking and Twitter. The first transaction and the second transaction carry the same message recorded in the Bitcoin addresses, of the Vanity Address type to which a few satoshis have been sent.
The message in question is clear and reads as follows:
„Just read all transactions output as text, you take risk when using Bitcoin for your Twitter game, Bitcoins traceables, why not Monero“
Which in Spanish we can translate as:
„Just read all transactions as text, this is what you risk when you use Bitcoin for your Twitter game, bitcoins are traceable, why not use Monero?“
Certainly the message is curious enough to pay close attention to it, but the most curious thing is the way it has been sent, using clearly generated Bitcoin addresses that contain the words for this message.
A curious way to send a clear message to hackers
For those who have been in the Bitcoin world for a while, it will be easy to recognize these kinds of addresses, but for newcomers, we’re talking about Vanity Address. The Vanity Address is a type of Bitcoin address that we can generate on demand using a special service or software for that purpose. The purpose is very simple: to create a Bitcoin address that has a pattern chosen by us as a form of customization.
Vanity Addresses can be generated for free for some services up to a certain level, but at some point, these addresses have a cost. The reason? Generating these addresses requires enormous computing power and a lot of brute-force work to generate both the address and the associated public and private keys. Because after all, a Iq Option address without a public and private key is a useless key.
Of course, you can download the software and generate the key with your own computing power, but if the address to be generated is very complex, it could take from a few days to millions of years if you don’t have the computing power to create it.
However, what’s strange is that this message sent to the hackers has used several Vanity Addresses ranging from 11 custom characters (1JustReadALL111111111114ptkoK) to 25 custom characters (1YouTakeRiskWhenUseBitcoin11cGozM). A situation that quickly begs the question: Do the people who created these Vanity Addresses have the computing power to generate these custom keys in a matter of hours, and if so, how does this affect the security of Bitcoin and its users?