If you are a user of the SimpleFX bitcoin exchange and received two strange emails and wondered why, it’s because the exchange’s mailing system was compromised.
SimpleFX which is based in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a trading platform which allows users to buy and sell bitcoins with each other using their online trading engine.
Bitcoin is about to hit 550$
The two emails sent were short and to the point, advertising another website with speculative titles like, “Bitcoin is about to hit 550$.” The emails were signed by simplefx.com and appear legit. In a tweet sent out a few hours ago, SimpleFX confirmed that the emails are not from them and that their email system has been hacked.
Our mailing system was compromised. We are investigating with our ESP. Do not not click on the link. Coins are 100% safe. More updates soon
— SimpleFX (@SimpleFXcom) May 13, 2016
The exchange said that no user coins have been compromised, but it’s not yet clear on the totality of the event. It’s obvious user email addresses have been compromised, which probably also include user first and last names. The investigation is underway according to the exchange which may reveal more information once it’s available.
Here are the two emails. Do not go the web address in the emails as it is likely a phishing site or malware site. Users of the exchange should change their passwords and be on the lookout for more phishing emails.