Over the previous few weeks, a bunch of scammers has hijacked greater than eight Twitter accounts belonging to outstanding figures within the crypto area to advertise phishing scams. The group has stolen nearly $1 million price of crypto up to now, based on blockchain sleuth ZachXBT.
In a June 9 Twitter thread, ZachXBT outlined that he had uncovered a number of wallets “linked on chain” which might be related to phishing scams promoted by the just lately hacked accounts.
“Whereas the vast majority of these assaults have been the results of a SIM Swap it appears different accounts have been doubtlessly stolen with a [Twitter admin] panel,” ZachXBT famous.
Over the previous few weeks now we have seen 8+ account takeovers related to the identical group of scammers as evident by how their addresses are linked on-chain.
— ZachXBT (@zachxbt) June 8, 2023
The accounts belong to figures similar to Pudgy Penguins founder Cole Villemain, DJ and NFT collector Steve Aoki and Bitcoin Journal editor Pete Rizzo.
Oddly sufficient, gold proponent and fervent crypto hater Peter Schiff additionally noticed his account hacked to advertise a doubtful hyperlink regarding tokenized gold in Decentralized Finance.
“I hope Twitter Security investigates every assault intently as they’ve resulted in nearly seven figures stolen,” ZachXBT stated, including that:
“When the scammer positive factors management of a Twitter account, phishing scams are tweeted out nearly instantly. Sluggish response instances from Twitter Assist have resulted in a few of these tweets staying up for a lot of hours and even days.”
The blockchain sleuth urged individuals to make use of a safety key versus choosing SMS-based two-factor authentication.
One other one of many account hacks highlighted by ZachXBT consists of OpenAI’s CTO Mira Murati.
On June 2, members of the crypto group fired off warnings about her account sharing a phishing hyperlink selling a faux airdrop for an ERC-20 token named OPENAI.
This specific submit was stay for roughly an hour and was seen 79,600 instances and retweeted 83 instances earlier than it was deleted. Notably, the scammers had restricted who may reply to the tweet in a bid to cease individuals inserting warnings on it.
In late Might, Arthur Madrid, the co-founder and CEO of metaverse platform The Sandbox was additionally topic to the identical type of Twitter account hack that noticed the promotion of a faux SAND airdrop.
It’s unclear if this specific hack is related to the group of hackers recognized by ZachXBT nevertheless.