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 virtually $1 million value of crypto to date, in keeping with blockchain sleuth ZachXBT.
In a June 9 Twitter thread, ZachXBT outlined that he had uncovered a number of wallets “linked on chain” which are linked to phishing scams promoted by the just lately hacked accounts.
“Whereas the vast majority of these assaults had been the results of a SIM Swap it appears different accounts had been probably stolen with a [Twitter admin] panel,” ZachXBT famous.
Over the previous few weeks we now have seen 8+ account takeovers linked 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 equivalent 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 virtually seven figures stolen,” ZachXBT stated, including that:
“When the scammer positive aspects management of a Twitter account, phishing scams are tweeted out virtually instantly. Sluggish response occasions from Twitter Help have resulted in a few of these tweets staying up for a lot of hours and even days.”
The blockchain sleuth urged folks to make use of a safety key versus choosing SMS-based two-factor authentication.
One other one of many account hacks highlighted by ZachXBT contains 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 put up was reside for roughly an hour and was seen 79,600 occasions and retweeted 83 occasions earlier than it was deleted. Notably, the scammers had restricted who may reply to the tweet in a bid to cease folks putting warnings on it.
In late Could, 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 linked to the group of hackers recognized by ZachXBT nonetheless.