Slack Attack: phishing scams target blockchain companies

A number of blockchain and cryptocurrency companies have fallen victims to phishing scams that utilize the messaging service Slack
11 July 2017   2756
Blockchain

Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks

Multiple blockchain companies were targeted by a phishing scam through the messaging service Slack.

Slackbot kindly asked users to log in to MyEtherWallet (MEW):

Phishing scams through Slack Phishing scams using Slackbot for the attack

Those who clicked on the attached hyperlink were redirected to myether.com.co, a site impersonating MEW. Apparently, the false front allowed the scammer(s) to collect wallet details from their victims.

Fortunately, most users quickly realized that the hyperlink to MyEtherWallet was fake, as evidenced by the “.co” at the end (or “.su” domain). The victims of the attack hastened to inform others on Twitter and other social media, but, unfortunately,  the Slack team did not provide an immediate solution.

Slack responses to those affected by phishing scams Slack responses to those affected by phishing scams

Slack channels of some of the most famous blockchain companies saw post after post of users calling for the ban of scam accounts. Many corporate leaders took proactive measures to alert their users, however, now it seems totally clear that as the communication software of choice among blockchain developers and founders, Slack might be the weakest link in corporate cybersecurity.

Genesis Conference to be Held in London

Genesis Conference will cover research and development, regulation, economics and applications issues, taking place in London on February 22
22 February 2018   69

Genesis London Conference will take place on February 22, tackling the most pertinent issues in blockchain space: research and development, regulation, economics and applications.

Genesis London is a platform for researchers, developers and generally anyone interested in blockchain, and its priority is to share knowledge, facilitate productive discourse and filter out the hype.

Location: The CityPoint building, 1 Ropemaker St, London, EC2, UK
Date and time: 9:30AM - 8PM, February 22, 2018

The agenda of the conference includes Privacy and Confidentiality Techniques for Blockchains; Permissioned Business Blockchain Applications and Use-cases; Scalable, Transparent and Post-quantum Secure Computational Integrity, with Applications to Cryptocurrencies; A Rational Protocol Design Treatment of Bitcoin, and more.

The headline speakers include Patrick de Laive, co-founder of TNW; Margarita Khartanovich, head of insight at Binary District; Jack Gavigan, chief operating officer at ZCash; Jeremy Kahn, technology writer for Bloomberg, and many more.