Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

Given my current trust level towards government I find it hard to not think it's either a sacrificial lamb or a case of a kid claiming it was him and unexpectedly found himself taken seriously. I find it easy to believe it's a PR move to delay bad publicity. Worst thing today is we can't even tell that truth will be uncovered in the future because we have no transparency and no way to tell what is what.





I'm similarly skeptical of the government, but this is no Lee Harvey Oswald. There's no dead president. These "double your cash" scams are widespread and some of the least sophisticated sorts of scams. It was poorly worded and the website that was intended to give each visitor a unique wallet address (which would have made block chain analysis difficult) was not even functioning properly. There was no exploit, it was social engineering via phone. Why would the government even bother? As others have noted, more sophisticated attackers could have caused much more damage (manipulated markets, precipitated political crises, et cetera). The guy was selling Twitter usernames on a forum that people use to sell accounts. It wasn't just boasting, there are actual transactions that occurred over Discord and at ogforums.



Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact

Search: