Members of PROOF Collective, a club of the collectors of the non-fungible tokens, have partially identified the attacker and intend to forward the data to the FBI

Hacker stole NFTs worth $1,5 million with phishing link

26.05.2022 - 12:25


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What’s new? A member of the private club of the collectors of NFTs, PROOF Collective, under the nickname DigitalOrnithologist, has become a victim of a hacker. The attacker sent him a phishing link, which allegedly led to a token exchange platform, and stole 29 NFTs from the Moonbirds collection worth a total of $1,5 million. This was revealed by a Twitter user nicknamed Cirrus.

How did events develop? Another PROOF Collective member, nicknamed Dollar, warned the hacker that his identity was almost revealed using tracking the movement of tokens. He stated that members of the Collective have prepared a report for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In his tweet, he noted an account under the nickname DVincent_, which has now been deleted.

A Twitter user nicknamed Sulfaxyz said that he almost fell victim to this hacker, but was more prudent. He stressed that he only uses trusted NFT trading platforms, while the hacker insisted on using a fraudulent service.

What is known about Moonbirds? It is an NFT collection of 10 000 avatars of owls based on Ethereum. It was launched on April 16 by Proof, a media startup founded by venture capitalist Kevin Rose. The owners of Moonbirds have intellectual property rights. They also have access to the private PROOF Collective community. On April 25, The Sandbox gaming metaverse bought token #2642 for a record amount of $1 million. The seller made a profit of about $600 000. Now the most expensive token on the OpenSea NFT marketplace is being sold for 499 ETH ($905 685 at the Binance rate on May 26).

For more details about the largest collections of non-fungible tokens by capitalization, see GetBlock Magazine’s article.

What happened before? On May 22, hackers hacked into the Twitter account of NFT artist Mike Winkelmann, aka Beeple, and posted phishing links on his behalf to a fake raffle of non-fungible tokens. The hackers managed to steal ETH and NFTs from the collections of Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC), VeeFriends, and Otherdeeds worth over $438 000.

On May 6, a hacker compromised the main Discord server of OpenSea. On behalf of the company, the attacker distributed phishing links under the pretext of airdropping non-fungible tokens from YouTube.

Also on April 25, the official Instagram account of the NFT collection Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) was hacked. The hacker managed to steal 91 NFTs worth around $2,8 million using phishing. The attacker spread a malicious link under the pretext of a fake airdrop.

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