ArchivesI have a domain that I use to create unique emails for signing up at all kinds of services. It’s all explained at bustspammers. com. Today I received this email:
—————————- Original Message —————————- Subject: [MtGox] Dear Clients.. From: “MtGox” <accounting@mtgox. co> Date: Sat, March 1, 2014 12:29 pm To: “[redacted]” <[redacted]@bustspammers. com> ————————————————————————– ГЇВ»ВїDear MtGox Customers, Please sign the papers attached, we can complete the process of closing the account and send you what the balance to another Wallet Address. Sincerely, Tomas Karpeles 1 / March 2014 Download Documents This is the plain-text version. In the original HTML email, the “Download Documents” link led to a page on deseobc. com distributing malware (a. pif executable, they attempted to make it look like a. pdf). This means one of three things:
Bitstamp is actively pushing malware onto their own clients. Someone stole Bitstamp’s email list. Bitstamp sold their email list to scammers. Knowing that many Bitstamp users likely were also Mt. Gox users and might be easy targets, provides an obvious motivation for a scam. I asked Bitstamp for comment, will update this post if I hear anything back.
Edit:/u/eleuthria claims Bitstamp’s email list has indeed been stolen. This does seem likely, since I also received this one a few days earlier to the same email address:
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