The price of a single bitcoin passed that of an ounce of gold for the first time this month, and scammers were quick to get in on the action with Ponzi schemes and phishing sites spread via social media.Victims are lured in with fake bitcoin wallets, fake bitcoin search services, fake surveys about bitcoins, too-good-to-be-true money making offers, and classic pyramid scams now dressed up with bitcoins, according to a report released this week.[ 18 surprising tips for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld’s Security Report newsletter. ]
“The same characteristics that make bitcoin attractive to people who want to make money distributing ransomware make it attractive to scammers,” said Philip Tully, senior data scientist at security vendor ZeroFox, which published the report.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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