The non-fungible token (NFT) influencer who calls himself ‘NFT God’ on Twitter lost all of his digital assets in an attack on January 14. One of his almost 90,000 followers on Twitter bought the stolen Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFT from NFT God and offered to return it. at cost price — over $25,000.
Earlier in the day, NFT God, whose real name is Alex, downloaded the video streaming service OBS. However, he used a sponsored link on Google that contained malware-infected software. Cyber security expert John Hammond warned people against fake OBS software two weeks ago.
A couple of hours later, a follower alerted Alex that his Twitter account had been compromised. Within minutes, Alex regained control of his Twitter account and deleted the fraudulent tweets posted by the hackers.
After a few hours, Alex realized that the Twitter hack was just the beginning of a series of attacks. All of his wallets had been emptied of crypto and NFTs, which Alex described as a “life-changing amount.”
Hours later, Alex discovered that hackers had also taken control of his Gmail, Discord, and Substack. The attackers also sent two emails with phishing links to their 16,000 subscribers.
a costly mistake
While setting up his Ledger account, Alex “screwed up,” he wrote on Twitter. thread. Despite being “highly technical,” Alex made a mistake and entered his opening sentence in a way that “no longer kept him cool,” he wrote.
Since he hadn’t bought new NFTs for months and had no plans to do so anytime soon, Alex put off buying another Ledger cold wallet.
This bug allowed hackers to gain control of Alex’s cryptocurrencies and NFTs through the malware attack on his desktop. Alex wrote:
“Not buying a new cold wallet right away was a deadly mistake. But even with a cold wallet, my entire digital world would be destroyed. Digital security is not just buying a cold wallet. It’s also being careful about EVERYTHING you do on the internet. Everything.”
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