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Social network Gab says it briefly took itself offline to fix a bitcoin spam problem affecting 'fewer than 20' of its accounts

Social network Gab says it briefly took itself offline to fix a bitcoin spam problem affecting 'fewer than 20' of its accounts

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Social network Gab said it took itself offline on Friday after discovering bitcoin spam.




"Because of our quick action zero bitcoin was sent," the company said in a blog post.




Last year, high-profile Twitter accounts were taken over in a similar effort.




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Social network Gab on Friday said it took itself offline "out of an abundance of caution" to fix a bitcoin spam issue. The company said it discovered and fixed a "security vulnerability" in its codebase. "At 6:09pm EST Gab became aware of several accounts that were posting bitcoin wallet spam and related content," the company said in a blog post signed by Andrew Torba, chief executive. About 16 minutes after it discovered the spam, Gab took itself offline, according to the blog post. Fox News, The New York Post, and other publications covered the outage on Friday.
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