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Hackers show no signs of slowing down in attacking the crypto industry this New Year. In yet another scam attack in the NFT space, hackers have drained thousands of dollars in NFTs from an NFT influencer in Google Ads-delivered malware attack.

NFT God Loses His Entire NFT Collection In Hacking

On Friday, NFT God, a renowned NFT influencer, claimed to have lost thousands of dollars worth of crypto and non-fungible tokens after accidentally downloading malicious software found through a Google Ad.

NFT God, also known as ‘Alex’, is a pseudo-anonymous crypto asset and non-fungible token influencer with more than 80,000 followers on Twitter. The NFT influencer also has more thousands of followers and subscribers on Substack.

The pseudo-anonymous influencer met the malicious attack on Friday using Google’s search engine to download OBS, an open-source video streaming software. Unfortunately, instead of clicking the official website link, NFT God accidentally clicked the sponsored advertisement, which seemed similar.

The NFT influencer noticed hours later after hackers posted a series of phishing tweets from his two Twitter accounts. After a thorough investigation, he realized that malware had been downloaded alongside the software he wanted.

In a January 15 blog post, Alex confirmed losing at least 19 Ether worth nearly $27,000 at the time, a Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) NFT with a current floor price of 16 ETH ($25,000), and multiple other NFTs.

Based on in-depth investigations, the damage may even soar further since attackers breached NFT God’s Substack account and sent phishing emails to his more than 16,000 subscribers before redistributing the stolen assets to multiple wallets.

NFT Scam Attacks Increase In 2023

The NFT God scam attack appeared a few days after another series of hackers stole NFTs worth more than $300,000 from an NFT influencer CryptoNovo. The NFT influencer lost two of his CryptoPunks, one worth $88,434, while the other was worth $251,404 at the time of the theft.

Earlier this year, hackers stole more than $173,000 from Nikhil Gopalani, the Chief Operation Officer(COO) at RTFKT, in a phishing attack. RTFKT is a digital assets incubation studio from the sports apparel brand Nike.

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