Bitcoin.org in ‘Danger of Being Compromised’ Says Long-Time Maintainer

Francisco Memoria

Will Binns, a long-time maintainer of the Bitocin.org website, which was originally registered by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, has warned he believes the website is “in danger of being compromised.”

In a post published on GitHub, Binns revealed that for several years he has been maintaining Bitcoin.org, but has now seen its access be removed by one of the websites co-owners Cobra Bitcoin, who he says also “seized control” of accompanying code repositories.

The post reads:

Bitcoin.org, where many people also download the latest version of Bitcoin Core software, is now in danger of becoming compromised, if it hasn't just happened. @Cobra-Bitcoin has removed my access and seized control of the site and accompanying code repositories. I do not believe Cobra is the sole and lawful owner, nor does he have any right to do these things without just cause.

In his post, Binns added he believes Cobra is not “the sole and lawful owner” of Bitcoin.org, and claimed Cobra removed his access based on false accusations as he is looking to “illegally transfer ownership of the site without due process, and this may be only the beginning.

Binns’ goal with the post was to garner community support in an effort to pursue legal action. His post came days after Cobra Bitcoin revealed on GitHub he removed Binns as the site’s lead maintainer as during a conversation “claimed that his working contributing to Bitcoin.org conferred on him more authority than what I had agreed with him.”

Cobra’s post includes the conversation both had, which according to the Bitcoin.org co-owner boils down to Binns’ “attempt to muddy the waters of ownership over the site.”  Binns, on the other hand, claims the conversation “has been taken out of context in an attempt to manipulate public opinion.”

As CryptoGlboe reported, earlier this year Cobra Bitcoin revealed he was going to be reducing his involvement with Bitcoin.org, to over time, leave the project and leave it in “trusted hands.” In response to Binns, long-time Bitcoin developer Greg Maxwell asked him to reconsider his position.

Featured image via Bitcoin.org.