Bitcoin Platinum: Scam created by a Korean student

The anticipated Bitcoin hard fork Bitcoin Platinum turned out to be a Scam created by a South Korean teenager in order to manipulate Bitcoin prices
11 December 2017   2866

Bitcoin Platinum under the codename BTCPLT was planned to be a fork of the Bitcoin blockchain that should have occurred at block height 498,533 on December 12 of 2017. 

JoongAng, a South Korean daily newspaper published in Seoul and the most popular South Korean mainstream media resource, reported that Bitcoin Platinum case was investigated and it turned out to be a scam developed by a teenager from South Korea.

At the moment of press, these are main market parameters of Bitcoin:

  • Average price: $16 620.20 
  • Marketcap: $278 124 088 820
  • 24h volume: $13 156 000 000

BTC Extortionists to Send Explosion Threats In US & CA

Police reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found
14 December 2018   105

In Canada and the United States, local businesses and residents received letters threatening to detonate a bomb if they did not send bitcoins to extortionists. Because of this, in some regions, law enforcement officers evacuated people from bus stations, schools and airports, reports Global News.

Extortionists threatened to blow up universities, schools, city halls and local businesses in the US states of Utah, Aidaxo, New York, Oklahoma and Illinois. The New York City Police Department urged residents not to panic or send bitcoins to criminals. Police also reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found.

In Canada, extortionists promised to blow up buildings and car dealerships in Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal. Some residents of the attackers asked for a ransom in bitcoins in the amount of $ 20 thousand. After verification, the Calgary police stated that the messages were part of phishing attacks and did not pose a threat to the public.