Phishers target Silk Road Bitcoin bidders, more than $62K stolen from Australian firm

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Bitcoins Reserve, an Australia-based cryptocurrency investment firm, was relieved of 100 Bitcoins – or more than $62,000 as of Tuesday – after co-founder Sam Lee responded to a phishing email targeting bidders interested in the auction of 30,000 Bitcoins confiscated in the Silk Road takedown.

The auction took place last week, but in mid-June, the U.S. Marshals Service inadvertently included all interested bidders in an email, which soon leaked publicly, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Those bidders then began receiving emails from an alleged media person asking for responses to some questions, according to the report.

Respondents would receive what appeared to be a list of inquiries in a Google Doc.

Lee clicked on the phony Google Doc, compromising his email account, and subsequently enabling attackers to schedule the Bitcoin transfer largely through social engineering.

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