Elon praises Ethereum scammers' "mad skillz". Vitalik does not

09 Jul, 2018
by David Robb
Elon praises Ethereum scammers' mad skillz. Vitalik does not

Elon Musk has tweeted his praise for whoever is behind the current Ethereum scam epidemic on Twitter. He said that they had "mad skillz", in his first post about the cryptocurrency. 

Twitter is currently being plagued by a scam whereby fake accounts, apparently belonging to famous or significant people, advertise a giveaway of Ethereum. Star Trek's William Shatner was the most recent figure used, as we reported recently, with the scam also exploiting the status of Musk himself as well as Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin in the past.

Whoever is behind the scam has programmed bots to create fake accounts by simply tweaking a few letters in the Twitter usernames of these famous people, to fool casual observers into thinking that their offers of free Ethereum have credibility. 

Vitalik was less enthusiastic about the scammers work, suggesting that Musk should be focusing on the groundbreaking potential of the Ethereum technology, and not the opportunism of programmers looking to con people out of their money.

Hopefully this high-profile recognition of the situation will lead to a permanent fix sometime in the near future. As for the disagreement between these two tech heavyweights, does it reveal something significant about their respective value systems, and the kind of world they want to see?

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