In recent times ‘cryptocriminals’ have devised an ingenious means of impersonating celebs and digital currency big whales on social media, promising various crypto-linked giveaways and promos, in a bid to steal DLT-based virtual currencies of unsuspecting users.
Now, crypto scam bot victim, Elon Musk has asked the founder of Dogecoin to help combat the menace, according to a Twitter post on September 17, 2018.
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Elon Musk, the celebrity CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has asked the creator of the Dogecoin project, Jackson Palmer, to code a fail-proof solution that could help combat the activities of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency scammers on Twitter.
In a tweet by the business magnate on Monday, September 17, 2018, Musk asked Palmer to do something about the hackers that have found a new and highly lucrative business in impersonating important personalities on Twitter.
@ummjackson if you can help get rid of the annoying scam spammers, that would be much appreciated
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018
Musk’s tweet quickly received a positive response from the Dogecoin maker. Palmer asked him to send a direct message so that he could send him the ‘anti crypto scam botnet’ script privately.
“If you DM me (your DMs aren’t open), I’ll send you the script – it’s short, simple and you just run it with cron somewhere,” tweeted Palmer.
It appears Musk did exactly as directed, as within a few minutes Palmer announced he had sent the script of the multi-billionaire, adding that the both of them had chatted extensively about how the Twitter owner Jack Dorsey and his developers can entirely fix the problem.
“Update: Elon has the script…we had a good chat on how @jack and the Twitter team should definitely automate and fix this problem on their end though,”Palmer wrote.
Some followers of the high-profile celeb also gave their input concerning the matter, with one user suggesting that Twitter should create scripts to authenticate the IP addresses for new accounts “using the identical *image* of the celeb.”
Twitter Crypto Scam Bots a Huge Threat
From cryptojacking to hacks and even broad daylight bitcoin-linked robberies, bad actors are getting more sophisticated and overly desperate in their quest for crypto wealth.
Elon Musk is not the only prominent person whose followers have fallen for the antics of impersonators on Twitter.
Twitter crypto scam bots have cloned the accounts of notable personalities like the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and several others.
As reported by Blockchain Reporter on September 8, 2018, Jack Dorsey hinted that Twitter has started looking at possible ways to prevent the operation of scammers with distributed ledger technology (DLT).