Bitstamp has warned users against the latest phishing attempt. Users receive an e-mail instructing them to make a “backup” of their wallet- not an unreasonable request to the novice user. Attackers would then gather sensitive information to hack into accounts.
ATTENTION, PHISHING ATTEMPT! If you receive an email instructing you to make a backup of your Bitstamp wallet – the email is not sent by us!
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— Bitstamp (@Bitstamp) August 11, 2014
Phishing attempts, in the name of reputable companies, have been on the rise in recent months. Attempts have been made in the name of BitPay, Coinbase, Blockchain and even the USMS bitcoin auction.