It says that many Discord servers for the NFT market OpenSea were taken over Thursday night by a fraudster. This is what the company says happened.
Several Discord users said that OpenSea’s Discord had been hacked on Friday morning. The scammer or fraudster, says an OpenSea spokeswoman, has been dealt with by the company. Since 4:30 a.m. ET, the company hasn’t seen any harmful posts. On Friday, they said less than 10 people had their digital wallets hacked, and the stolen NFTs were worth less than 10 Ether, or about $26,903.
Immediately after they were posted, we found out that the links were fake and took quick action to fix the problem, including the removal of rogue bots and accounts. We also told our community not to click any links in our Discord.
It looks like the fraudster was trying to sell a fake NFT mint that claimed to be a collaboration with YouTube, according to screenshots on Twitter. When you click on the link, you go to a website with a YouTube logo on it that the security company PeckShield thinks is dangerous.
In 2022, there have been a lot of high-profile attacks on the crypto industry. In an April study by the crypto research company Chainanalysis, hackers took $1.3 billion from people in the first three months of the year, the study said. A lot of scammers have done the same thing in other Discord channels and crypto online forums. The OpenSea Discord attacks follow the same pattern. Hackers broke into Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Discord in early April and stole at least one NFT, crypto news site TheBlock says. In the last week, someone broke into the official Instagram account of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. They took NFTs worth $2.8 million and posted them there.
OpenSea is still looking into the attack on its Discord server and will keep its users updated with new information.
“Our preliminary analysis indicates that the attack had limited impact,” said an OpenSea representative.