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May 06, 2022

OpenSea Discord server hacked, bot promoted nonexistent YouTube partnership

Popular NFT marketplace OpenSea has long been a target for cybercriminals. This time, hackers compromised the official marketplace’s Discord account, posting an in-channel bot message meant to fool users into clicking on a phishing link.

OpenSea Discord hack
OpenSea’s Discord Server

At first glance, the link resembled YouTube (“youtubenft.art”), and the message announced an OpenSea partnership with the video platform promoting a “YouTube Genesis Mint Pass.” Victims were prompted to connect their wallets to receive the first free NFTs from a new project with YouTube. OpenSea reacted quickly and removed the posts and the bot.

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OpenSea Support tweeted about the hack and warned users not to click any links on the platform’s Discord server.

Several hours later, the marketplace gave additional details about the breach: hackers stole less than 10 ETH from fewer than 10 wallets. However, the attack is still under investigation.

It’s not the first time that an NFT-related Discord server was hacked: BAYC, Shamanz, and Nyoki experienced the same hack as OpenSea. Doodles and Kaiju Kings have also been targeted. 

On April 14, Chainalysis provided data that shows that DeFi hacks are increasing. Cybercriminals stole $1.3 billion in cryptocurrency in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $3.2 billion in the entire year of 2021.

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Agne Cimerman
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Agne is a journalist who covers the latest trends and developments in the metaverse, AI, and Web3 industries for the Metaverse Post. Her passion for storytelling has led her to conduct numerous interviews with experts in these fields, always seeking to uncover exciting and engaging stories. Agne holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and has an extensive background in writing about a wide range of topics including travel, art, and culture. She has also volunteered as an editor for the animal rights organization, where she helped raise awareness about animal welfare issues. Contact her on [email protected].

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