The crypto space has suffered from accelerated scam attacks in recent months, with such attacks showing no sign of slowing down. In yet another attack in the DeFi, hackers have breached the Discord server linked to high-profile NFT artist Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann in a phishing attempt.
In an October 3 blog post, Beeple confirmed that hackers exploited his Discord servers and redirected fans and followers towards a fake copycat link intending to swipe the non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and tokens from users that interact with it.
it appears our discord URLs were hacked to point to a fraudulent discord. DO NOT go into that discord and do not verify, it will drain your wallet!!
once again massive thanks again to discord for being garbage.
— beeple (@beeple) October 3, 2022
Hackers Attack Beeple’s Discord Server
High-profile NFT artist “Beeple” came into the limelight in February 2021, after his artwork “Everdays: The First 5,000 Days” set the record for top all-time single NFT sale at $69.3 million. His other artwork includes hybrid digital “Human One,” which sold for $28.9 million at auction last year.
Since then, NFT digital artist has attracted massive followers and fans, making his social media and messaging platforms a popular target for scammers and hackers.
In the recent scam, Beeple was not the first to notice that his Discord servers were compromised. In a post hours earlier, a Twitter user, “maxnaut.eth”, noted that hackers might have hijacked Discord links related to Beeple on the NFT marketplace.
At the time, maxnaut.eth shared a screenshot showcasing that the URL related to “CollabLand wallet drainer” had been changed to “Collab.Land Bot” on Beeple’s Discord. Hackers intended to use the link to drain wallets. Maxnaunt.eth noted:
“Your Discord URL probably got hijacked and your team didn’t update it on OS. You need to change that ASAP or people going to get rekd.”
Beeple’s Discord Attack Raised Mixed Reactions
Beeple’s alleged scam attack attracted mixed reactions within the crypto community, with several industry experts maintaining that hackers did not hack the discord. While responding to Beeple’s announcement, cybersecurity firm Black Alchemy Solutions Group commented:
“This is a problem with a mismanagement of the Beeple Information Security apparatus. If you haven’t already, hire a vCISO (Security Officer), web3 doesn’t = Natively Secure.”
Moreover, OKHotshot, an NFT analyst and blockchain detective, added that “mismanagement of discord URLs allows this happen, probably just like it happened to CryptoBatz.”
In the meantime, according to maxnaut.eth, the artist appears to have fixed the bug. However, Beeple has not disclosed whether there are victims of the recent malicious phishing attack.
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