Bitcoin Hoax Tricks Apple Users Into Destroying Their Macs

Please be advised that this blog entry is an ALERT and you should not try out any commands posted in this blog entry, without knowing what your inputting into your workstation beforehand. This blog entry is to alert you of a newly learned hoax that is floating around the web.

A prankster from a huge forum website started a discussion on how to capitalize on the surge of Bitcoin's popularity. This hoax claims that Apple has included Bitcoin mining software on all Macs since 2009, and you can unlock this software by entering a simple terminal command.

Check out the picture that was posted in regards to this discussion...

Now, of course there is no secret Bitcoin mining app hidden in OS X. You may ask yourself, what does the terminal command: sudo rm -rf/* in the picture actually do? Well, it reformats your entire hard drive. That's right, by easily typing in this command into the terminal on your Mac, you just told your Mac to wipe your hard drive out and just said good bye to all of your data.

This hoax for a lot of people does not seem very convincing, but there are reports that some people have already fallen victim to this prank/hoax.

So, I would like to alert everyone to be on a look out for hoaxes and pranks such as this. I suppose in this case, if something is too good to be true, it more than certainly isn't true.