In line with a recent news report published by ‘The Next Web,’ the Google G Suite Twitter account was reportedly hacked to advertise a Bitcoin [BTC] giveaway scam to the page’s over 800k followers. Scammers purportedly spread a message luring several users to participate in an exceedingly fraudulent 10,000 BTC giveaway, at the same time stating that Google’s G Suite currently accepts cryptocurrencies as a only way of payment.
As per the hard Fork, the message disappeared barely over ten minutes after it had appeared. However, till now no official announcement regarding this has been announced by Google.
The scam follows a recent pattern of dishonest activity involving the Twitter accounts of high-profile firms and people. Even earlier on 5th Nov., many verified Twitter accounts were hacked to impersonate Elon Musk, with one reportedly collecting nearly $170,000 USD. Scammers modified the profile name and images so as to pose as the Tesla chief executive officer, and later posted in comment threads started by the real Elon Musk, so as to offer the impression of legitimacy.
As antecedently reported, Google introduced a ban on crypto advertisements earlier in June this yea to defend its customers from such similar dishonest offerings. The ban affected all Google products, which means that firms wouldn’t be able to serve crypto-related ads on the Google anymore, additionally neither on its third-party sites in its network.
However, in Sept Google rolled back a number of its restrictions, permitting some crypto businesses to advertise on its platform. Per the new policy, solely registered cryptocurrency exchanges may advertise on the Google Adwords platform, targeting U.S. and Japanese audiences.
Even in October, Google enforced new restrictions on Chrome Store extensions, which can seemingly have an effect on cryptojackers. Chrome extensions submitted to the online Store would reportedly not be allowed if they contained “obfuscated” code. Google’s earlier post published on 1st Oct. adds:
“Today over 70% of malicious and policy violating extensions that we block from Chrome Store contain obfuscated code.”