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Homem perde R$ 560 mil em bitcoin após ser enganado por app falso no Google Chrome

The Protocol Podcast entrepreneur and host Eric Savics lost all his savings in Bitcoin (12 Bitcoins, worth R $ 560 thousand) – in a phishing attack, as a result of downloading a malicious version of the KeepKey hardware.

Savics has since sought help from the community, but these events are generally irreversible. “I had all my Bitcoins stolen in phishing. Has anyone successfully recovered the stolen Bitcoin? Any help or guidance would be welcome,” he said on twitter.

Jameson Lopp, CTO at Casa, who creates security software, replied: “Sorry for your loss; never insert a seed phrase on a computer.”

The podcast host, who had been slowly increasing his investments in Bitcoin since 2013, had used the KeepKey client on his desktop and decided to download the corresponding application. But when he downloaded it from the Google Chrome store and entered his recovery phrase (used to generate a private key, which acts as a password to access the funds), his Bitcoin was quickly stolen.

One person expressed sympathy for the situation. “Eric, can you post your BTC address? I will donate some to get your balance off ”, tweeted an alias user OrangeDog.

In retrospect, Savics said he realized that the wallet was fake due to a typo. “Look at this screenshot, I just noticed it now. But the scammers wrote the wrong sentence, ”he added.

Cryptocurrency exchange ShapeShift, which operates the KeepKey wallet, warned last week that there are fake KeepKey apps in the Google Chrome store. “We will never ask for your 12-word seed. If anyone does this it is a fraud. Phishing attempts, such as these fake wallet apps, can lead users to lose their cryptocurrencies,” he warned.

Google has long had a problem with fake cryptocurrency wallet apps and extensions. In April, he removed 49 fake extensions that mimicked popular platforms like Ledger, MyEtherWallet and Trezor.


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