So: Tracey Ho, SFU student
I’ve been hacked on Instagram. After nine years of using the account to showcase art, post photos of some shows or cool sights, and of course, show good photos of myself — I’ve changed bank as a platform for new online friends to cheat.
That’s right; My beloved Instagram account has been converted to a Bitcoin wallet. This March, I received a message on the ‘gram that tricked me into reporting my accounts. In no time, I lost all access to my account for nine years.
I was able to see my account reading Bitcoin scams. The ad showed their (alleged) money and a flashy, expensive car. How good. All my fans please keep up with this shit. The students who trusted me, for nine years, to share my art with them, are now exposed to Bitcoin ads.
That night I searched YouTube for answers; It’s not about getting my account back, but what Bitcoin is. I left with more questions than answers. Is it real money? Is incel money official? Can I kill a Bitcoin? I believe no one knows. And no, you don’t know.
I lost sleep over this. I took a break from social media altogether, and wrote my social media profile in my diary. So I deleted other personal accounts to protect myself from future phishing scams. Everything about some of the Bitcoin wallets, as it turns out, has a lot of contributions to climate change!
I want my Instagram account back, partly to access my art, and partly to reduce the number of Bitcoin wallets by one. We as a society need to stop respecting this crypto-scam masquerading as money for the future. It’s not revolutionary; a fraudplain and simple.