The Discord servers of popular NFT projects, including Bored Ape Yacht Club, were attacked by scammers in the early hours of April Fool’s Day. Some users reported that they lost money to the bad actors who hacked the projects’ bots to post fake offers with links to their phishing websites. motherboard reports. One of the phishing posts from a compromised Bored Ape bot read: “Oh no, our dogs are mutating. MAKC can be used for our $APE token. MAYC + BAYC owners can claim exclusive rewards simply by minting and holding our mutant dogs.”
When a user clicks on the link in the post, they are redirected to a website where they are tricked into minting a fake NFT in exchange for Ethereum. Other versions trick victims into sending scammers NFTs, making them think their collectible will be boxed. Two wallet addresses were tied to the hacks, one selling a stolen Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFT and the other then sending 19.85 ETH, or around $69,000 based on current exchange rates. The recipient’s wallet reportedly sent 61 ETH ($213,000) to a mixing service that can obfuscate the origin and trail of potentially identifiable cryptocoins.
It’s unclear how many people fell victim to the scams, but the project’s administrators quickly caught on and sent out a warning to their fans. Bored Monkey asked user to not mint anything from its Discord, and clarified that it doesn’t mint “April Fool’s Day stealth mints”. Nyoki cub Posted issued a similar warning, admitting that its “server was also compromised…due to a recent large-scale hack.” The situation was under control within 30 minutes, they said.
NFTs are making their way into mainstream popularity, with big-name celebs like Justin Bieber and Madonna taking the spotlight on digital collectibles. Schemes like this are bound to increase as people continue to pour money into non-fungible tokens.
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