NFT artist Beeple’s Twitter account hacked in a phishing scam

Beeple’s Twitter account was temporarily linked to a ‘raffle’ website and resulted in more than US$ 70,000 stolen in Ethereum.
May 23, 2022 - Cynthia Chung

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. 

 

 

‘Beeple’s Twitter account has been compromised (ATO) to broadcast a phishing URL to steal funds,’ wrote a security researcher from MetaMask/MyCrypto, Harry.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. 

 

Photo: Beeple

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