Volgograd Prosecutor’s Site Reports Yesterday’s BTC-e Ban Story was a Hack

February 4, 2014
The Russian “ban” of BTC-e was a hoax.

The Volgograd Prosecutor’s official website has seemingly issued a retraction of the report it ran yesterday, in which it was claimed that citizens would be blocked from accessing BTC-e.

A machine translation of this latest news on the VolgoProc.ru site reads as follows:

Note to editors

On the prosecutor’s Volgograd Region is hacking. As a result, it was posted on the website the news that a criminal’s online resources are untrue. Prior to resolve technical issues, please check the authenticity of the news in the press service of the Prosecutor of the Volgograd region on the phone 4/21/31.

The initial report on the site has now been taken down.

It’s possible that hackers were responsible for either the original story or this retraction. Either way, there is little cause for alarm as we reported yesterday.

We will update this story as it develops.

Update: Russian reader and chat room resident, eliotcougar, who helped with context for the original story, suggests a possible explanation. Apparently, in Russia controversial ideas are sometimes floated online or in the media as a means to gauge public sentiment. Should opinion prove negative, they are then retracted as “hacks” or otherwise explained away.

Last modified (UTC): February 4, 2014 13:01

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