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Report: Bored Ape Yacht Club Discord Attacker May Have Been Involved in Previous NFT Phishing Scams

On June 4, 2022, the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) Discord server was compromised and a phishing scam targeted non-fungible token (NFT) collectors holding BAYC, Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC), and Otherside NFTs. According to an analysis by the Web3 and blockchain auditing and security firm Certik, the BAYC Discord server attacker may have been involved in previous phishing attacks.

The blockchain security firm says that links indicate that 0x5bC1 is likely “not only associated with the BAYC phishing attack today, but also previous phishing attacks.” The company mentioned the fact that BAYC was targeted on April 25, 2022, when an attacker compromised the NFT collection’s Instagram account.

At that time, the hacker got away with 888 ether worth of non-fungible tokens by posting a scam link to a fake airdrop. “Users were prompted to sign a ‘safeTransferFrom’ transaction,” Certik’s report concludes. Prior to the Instagram exploit at the end of April, on the first day of April, Mutant Ape Yacht Club #8,662 was stolen via a phishing scam posted to the Discord channel. The celebrity Seth Green recently fell victim to a phishing attack and lost his Bored Ape to the scam. Bored Ape #8,398 called “Fred” was supposed to play a role in Green’s new series called “White Horse Tavern.”

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