“NFT God,” a renowned NFT influencer on Twitter, had his entire digital livelihood compromised after clicking on a phishing ad link on Google. The influencer said that the hackers took a significant portion of his net worth.
His issues began when he downloaded open broadcaster software (OBS) to his desktop PC via a Google sponsored link. Instead, he had unknowingly downloaded phishing spyware.
OBS is a video streaming software standard that would have allowed him to stream directly from his computer. NFT God stated that he would like to live broadcast certain video games to his followers.
NFT God did not understand he had been phished until he received notification that his other Twitter account, “1BetterbyNFTGod,” had been hacked. The malevolent player used his account to send out fake tweets. He did, however, delete those tweets two minutes after they were published.
His predicament further deteriorated when he discovered that the owner’s address of his Bored Ape NFT had been altered on OpenSea. According to him, it was at that point that he discovered he had lost all of his crypto and NFTs. The USD value of NFT God’s assets was not disclosed.
The hackers did not stop there; they also sent two emails containing compromised links from his Substack to his over 16,000 followers. The Substack was one of NFT God’s most valued treasures. “I’d give up this ugly snot nosed monkey PFP and all my Ethereum 100 times over if it meant I could keep the faith and love of people who support me,” he stated. I honestly kept my cool despite losing all of my digital assets. When I sensed that my neighbourhood was in jeopardy, I lost my cool.”
Meanwhile, the phishing victim stated that he had upgraded his security and informed his community about the situation. He did, however, condemn Google for openly promoting such “strong spyware.”
It was unclear whether any of his community members had been affected by the compromise. As of press time, NFT God had not responded to BeinCrypto’s request for comment.
Phishing assaults are one of the most popular ways hostile actors attack the crypto industry.
Through a large-scale phishing attack, a North Korean hacker group stole over 1,000 NFTs and nearly 300 ETH. Recently, Bitcoin core engineer Luke Dashjr lost approximately 200 BTC due to a PGP hack.
According to a recent report, the web3 space would see 167 attacks in 2022. This resulted in a total loss of around $3.6 billion from all sorts of attacks, a 47.4% increase from 2021.