Urban Legend – Since June 7, a dark tweet has been stirring the crypto community on social networks. The post accuses influential members of the community of fraudulent, even criminal, behavior. No name has been filtered yet. The tone of the letter is worthy of a Racinian tragedy. The serious facts described there cast even more doubt on this matter. Telegram encrypted messages, which is widely used by cryptography enthusiasts, is said to be subject to a major security vulnerability. If true, this error would make the application anything but secure. Posted anonymously, the tweet ignited Crypto Twitter. The account announces that it has recovered highly compromising information and has published a calendar of upcoming disclosures…
A crow on Twitter
Let’s not forget the facts. The Twitter account nobody dies made a sensational statement on June 7. He attached a letter which can also be found in the post’s comments. This thread has spread like wildfire in the cryptosphere. He gave free rein to interpretations of the blue bird’s digital chicken coop.
The anonymous explains that he has a Telegram Security Breach† So he would have been able to access private conversations without being a part of them. He explains that he thus directly targeted influential members of the crypto community to exploit this flaw and therefore spy on them. Between October 2019 and May 2022, the tweet’s author is said to have accumulated more than 137 GB of discussions.
† Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting 137.21GB of chats and messages from Telegram groups, which I wasn’t part of. Why ? All thanks to a bug discovered in October 2019 that allowed access to the group’s recent posts page if the correct permissions weren’t configured. At the time of writing, the Telegram team has been contacted regarding this. †
The Raven in question, @adyingnobody
Monstrous announcements about the crypto community
Linear analysis or compound commentary? We hesitated. This lyrical letter is imbued with a dramatic tone that at the moment leaves doubts about its accuracy. The evidence is still lacking. In these hacked messages there would be evidence of many crimes. Something to shake the community if these allegations were proven.
The Raven describes a schedule of revelations. The information will, a priori, be provided drop by drop between 15 June and 30 June. The final unveiling would take place on July 7. The letter ends with an address Ethereum which should register all of its statements on the blockchain on any announced date.
A Telegram Denial: A Crypto Scam in the Making
However, Telegram spoke very quickly to our colleagues from The block and on Twitter. Thus, the social network explains that the scattered claims would be false and ” all the hallmarks of a hoax †
The block also confirms to have received an email with the same pseudonym and similar comments. However, they had no details when they asked for more information. However, what he invites to make the thing known:
“Whoever knows me quickly knows who I am, it doesn’t matter to the rest of the population. Due to the overwhelming amount of posts, I formally invite the reputable press within the community to contact me for sample archives of groups I’ve curated in the past. i’m going to you review because there is a conflict of interest† Many are personally involved, whether they are friends of these people in these archives or are financially connected in some way. †
A Telegram spokesperson was clear about this sensational announcement. He declares, always to our colleagues from The block, that the aim of the process is to download malware to steal private keys, sensitive data. Examples of transferred cryptocurrency wallets, sensitive files stolen in this way, are unfortunately too numerous. The artist Beeple also recently had his Twitter account hacked with the aim of hacking into the artist’s community.
At the time of writing, no proof has been provided. This case remains above all an example of the mistrust that one should harbor towards the information that hangs out and circulates on Twitter. For the curious, but also for the large wallet, it can be tempting to give in to the blackmail of, for example, the crow. It is therefore essential to find and then cross-check several reliable sources and not click on anything. In the meantime, the horrors described in the Twitter thread remain hypothetical and remind us of the importance of security. So never forget the adage DYOR (Do Your Own Research), always do your own research†