As part of the launch of ApeCoin, hackers stole around 35 NFT after a phishing campaign spread on Twitter – DiarioBitcoin

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As part of the launch of ApeCoin, hackers stole around 35 NFT after a phishing campaign spread on Twitter - DiarioBitcoin By Angel Di Matteo @shadowargel

Hackers took control of verified Twitter accounts to spread fake links to the air drop from ApeCoin. The attack led to the theft of NFT belonging to collections such as Bored Ape, Mutant Ape and Bored Ape Kennel Club.


Data published by the analysis company blockchain, elliptic, reveal that in the last week at least 35 NFT belonging to very reputable collections, this after a medium-scale phishing attack (data theft) in which several accounts of Twitter.

In the report published by Elliptical It is detailed that the people responsible for the attack in question stole an estimated total of about USD $900,000 in NFT, noting that at least five of the stolen items belonged to collections such as Bored Ape, Mutant Ape and Bored Ape Kennel Club.

How was the robbery carried out?

The attack in question was made within the framework of the launch of the tokens ApeCoin, organized by the company bored Ape Yacht Clubwhich distributed part of the coins through a Air drop. Here the attackers took the opportunity to violate some verified accounts of Twitter associated and/or related, through which they distributed false links that directed to a clone site of the launch of the digital currency.

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Those who clicked on the distributed links ended up registering and offering private data, as well as having malware installed that gave the scammers access to private wallets. The victims reported the theft of their NFT, and according elliptical, there were even high-profile personalities who were affected by this fact.

One of the victims was the founder of Gutter Bars, Aaron Cadena, who recounted in a thread on Twitter his experience and commented:

“The tweet in question seemed strange, but it was being promoted by someone I had previously followed, so I didn’t think too much about it… I clicked on the link and was immediately prompted to connect my wallet, which I didn’t… After clicking cancel, the prompt kept popping up over and over again. I tried canceling a few more times, then realized what was happening and tried to exit the site, but my screen was locked.”

Cadena subsequently received a notification indicating that two NFT of your wallet, the Gutter Cats #2017 and #2904:

“Not sure how they did this as I never connected my wallet… After all this ordeal I was left without 20 ETH which really sucks but it could have been a lot worse.”

Be careful with your assets!

Although what happened may generate a certain impact, the truth is that the way in which the NFT to the owners is part of a very popular type of scam that is perpetrated through social networks, which take advantage of topics and/or campaigns of interest linked to the digital currency sector to capture unsuspecting people.

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The most remarkable thing about this case was that the attackers managed to take control of verified accounts in Twitter that echoed these fraudulent links. To date, the representatives of the social network have not offered details on how the latter was possible.

On the other hand, those who trade with NFT They must be very careful, since being assets that have gained notable relevance in recent months, they have now become a target for attackers. For example we have what happened with the platform OpenSea, in which hackers took advantage of an exploit to enter the accounts of some users and take control of their digital collectibles, selling them at a price well below their estimated value.

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