Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has reportedly had his X (formerly Twitter) account compromised. According to a leading blockchain investigator, this incident caused victims to lose more than $691,000 after clicking on a malicious link.
on 9th September Post On X, Vitalik’s father Dmitry Buterin announced that his son’s account had been compromised:
“Ignore this post, apparently Vitalik has been hacked. “They are working to restore access.”
The post he was referring to has been removed. It was published on Buterin’s account claiming to celebrate the arrival of “proto-banksharding is coming to Ethereum.”
The hacker allegedly shared a malicious link to a freely available commemorative non-fungible token (NFT), luring victims into linking their wallet, ultimately stealing all of their funds.
alert! I just lost some badasses!
Don’t negotiate! pic.twitter.com/lS4VvlHdVa
— Chau[email protected] ohgod.et (@BokkyPooBah) 9 September 2023
As a result, the incident has prompted Ethereum developer Bok Khoo, known as Boki Pooba on X, to claim that he suffered a loss in his CryptoPunk NFT collection.
At the time of publishing, the lowest price prevailing for a CryptoPunk NFT is 46.99 Ether, which is equivalent to approximately $76,837.
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Blockchain investigator ZachXBT has been actively informing his 438,200 followers about the hacker’s activities. which he recently shared Precious The NFT stolen so far is “Cryptopunk #3983,” which is worth 153.62 ether, which is equivalent to approximately $250,543.
UPDATE: $691k gone (another 33% in drainer fee addresses) pic.twitter.com/AVIShqDlMU
– ZachXBT (@zachxbt) 9 September 2023
on a user Claimed Buterin may not have implemented adequate security measures for his X account.
“I hate to say it, but Vitalik must take accountability for his poor op-sec and compensate those affected,” the user said, before adding that they believe the attack on Buterin was due to surveillance. Caused:
The only way there can be no negligence on Vitalik’s part is if someone strongly suspects that this is what happened. Most likely, it was a SIM swap.
However, ZachXBT challenge: The allegations claim that Buterin’s high profile makes him vulnerable to various types of hacking attempts:
“You still don’t know whether it was a SIM swap or not,” he said. Vitalik is a big target where an insider could have been paid or a panel was used.
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