NFT artist Beeple’s Twitter account hacked in a phishing scam
Digital artist Beeple’s Twitter account was hacked to promote a crypto scam. The account was temporarily linked to a phishing website disguised as a collaboration with fashion designer Louis Vuitton and stole more than US$ 70,000 in ETH.
The tweet shared a link to a bogus website that linked to a raffle event of Beeple’s Louis Vuitton collaboration. When people clicked on the link, one Ethereum was automatically drained from their wallet.
Several victims had lost 35 ETH or around US$ 72,165.60 from the scam.
Beeple tweeted when his account was recovered, writing ‘Twitter was hacked but we have control now. Stay safe out there, anything too good to be true is A FUCKING SCAM.’
NFT scams are common, especially on Twitter. A phishing scam targeted verified Twitter accounts and took nearly US$1 million in a fake ApeCoin airdrop back in March.
Beeple has around 672,000 followers on Twitter and sold an NFT artwork for a record US$ 69 million at Christie’s auction house in March 2021, positioning him as ‘among the top three most valuable living artists’, according to the auction house.