Cosbycoin Hack Pops Bitcoin Forum Bubble

by Pixeleen Mistral on 10/09/11 at 7:52 pm

CosbyCoin "zing" takes offline

Bitcoin - a peer-to-peer virtual currency - has reached the point in the media hype cycle were the inevitable backlash takes hold, and the Bitcoin ecosystem becomes a target for high visibility hacks.

cosby future

The latest incident took place yesterday, when the forums were converted into a Cosbycoin ad site, complete with pictures of Bill Cosby, links to a web site and a simulated upload of the reader's digital wallet converting their Bitcoins into Cosbycoins. has an extensive collection of pictures from the hacked site as does


Cosbycoin takes on Bitcoin

There is speculation that a group associated with the SomethingAwful forums may be responsible for Cosbycoins and this hack does seem to fit with the SA goon's style. Whomever launched the hack exerted some effort. Rather than simply injecting Cosbycoin images into the forums, they also set up a site and posted to other bitcoin forums.


This Cosbycoin hack is certainly embarrassing for the forum operators, and raises questions about site security, as did a hack of the MtGox currency exchange last June that lead to a collapse in the value of Bitcoins. Timing of the MtGox incident was particularly unfortunate, coming shortly after a story about Silk Road - an anonymous illicit substance exchange site - which stoked demand for Bitcoins. 

simulated upload of Bitcoin wallet

Meanwhile, the mainstream media has begun to take notice of the potential - and limits - of the crypto-currency.

Earlier this week, New York TImes columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman pointed out the value of Bitcoins has taken a nosedive recently and the system is vulnerable to "money-hoarding, deflation, and depression" - problems shared with real currencies backed by the gold standard. We can only hope that the know-nothing branch of the republican party takes note. James Surowieki of the MIT Technology Review also wrote critically about the challenges bitcoin faces in surviving the hype cycle.

The hype cycle backlash is one problem, but more a more immediate question for Bitcoin fans is how to address the challenge posed by Cosbycoin parodies appearing on their forums and an insecure ecosystem of currency exchange sites.

Matthew N. Wright of reports that there is support for the Cosbycoin hack by members of the forum who are unhappy with poor forum moderation and a pattern of "shuffling important and popular issues under the rug" - exactly the sort of behavior that Second Life players have grown to expect from Linden Lab. 

a tip of the old Coffeepotting Gleefurs top hat to Ryokashi who first pointed me at this story - pixeleen

14 Responses to “Cosbycoin Hack Pops Bitcoin Forum Bubble”

  1. Miss J

    Sep 10th, 2011

    You know whats better? Pudding pops.

  2. James Freud

    Sep 10th, 2011

    Would have been funnier if it was Christopher Walken

  3. Alyx Stoklitsky

    Sep 11th, 2011

    And poof! Bitcoin sheds 75% of its value yet again.

  4. MBE

    Sep 11th, 2011

    You don’t need to be on the gold standard to run an economy into the ground. Dear Leader and the Democrats and those who believe in the myth of Marxist or Keynesian economics have been running the economy into the ground just fine.

    Wasn’t that long ago that Britain, which hasn’t been on the gold standard since WWI, was nearly bankrupted by George Soros.

  5. Pappy Enoch

    Sep 11th, 2011

    Ol’ Bill knows him a top-notch cornputin’ mersheen when he sees one.

  6. LOL

    Sep 11th, 2011

    I miss the Bill Cosby griefer cubes… that was some funny shit

  7. lolol

    Sep 11th, 2011

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    Sep 11th, 2011

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  9. Ryokashi

    Sep 12th, 2011

    Why did you not give me credit for showing you this wonderful story? :(

  10. pixeleen mistral

    Sep 12th, 2011

    oh sorry! I didn’t know you cared.
    I just updated the end for the story to thank you for the tip.

    - pix

  11. At0m0 Beerbaum

    Sep 13th, 2011

    This totally reeks of the GNAA

    I approve of this.

    They brought us wonders like the harry potter spoilers

    killing 4chan once, creating such a butthurt backlash that it still exists to this day (everyone becoming trolls to be cool and defensive!)

    fake OSX leak which loaded up GNAA last measure on peoples’ computers, with the rest of the iso filled with text that said “GNAA” over and over again

    and various hilarious hacks, such as social engineering the fuck out of freenode, and to this day, continuing to harass its very existence. and troll articles that major publications have published.

    cosby spam is one of theirs.

    It’s absolutely fucking hilarious.

  12. shane

    Oct 20th, 2011

    Spelling correction:

  13. Joey1058

    Jan 9th, 2012

    If I remember correctly, President Nixon signed the bill that took the US off of a gold standard in the 1970′s. It’s one of the reasons the Obama administration is in runaway inflation now.

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