OpenSea Discord server hacked, bot promoted nonexistent YouTube partnership

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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.

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 Cimermanaite

Agne is a journalist and writer with a background in literature, culture, and arts. She entered the Web3 space in 2021 and began writing about cryptocurrency and NFTs. Agne is passionate about technology and storytelling and is always on the lookout for exciting stories.

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