Users of Bitcoin Gold (BTG) are facing yet another cyber security issue today. The BTG team has earlier revealed that someone has gained access to their Github repository for the project and replaced the compiled Windows file with a different one.
Bitcoin Gold Breach
According to a critical warning sent by BTG, the link on the Download page and the file downloads on the Github release page have been serving a suspicious file of unknown origin for approximately four and a half days.
The BTG warning explains: “Until we know otherwise, all users should presume this file was created with malicious intent – to steal cryptocurrencies and/or user information. The file does not trigger antivirus / anti-malware software, but do not presume the file is safe.”
The team adds that: “If the file was used, the computer on which it was used should be addressed with extreme caution; the file should be deleted, the machine should be thoroughly checked for malware and viruses (or wiped clean), and any cryptocurrencies with wallets accessible on that machine should be moved to new wallet addresses immediately.”
While bitcoin (BTC) continued to increase in value today and bitcoin cash (BCH) remained steady, BTG has fallen by about 8.5%. The news of this latest breach is set to rattle BTG users, especially coming just a few days after the revelation that another wallet which had been promoted on the bitcoin gold website was fraudulent and stole from investors $3.3 million.
Following the warning today the BTG team tried to reassure users that the Github repo has been secured and that they “do not believe a second attempt is possible.” They also said that they are performing a security audit to ensure the safety of all other systems, and “will attempt to ascertain the purpose of the file.”