Successful NFT artist Beeple has once again had to deal with phishing attempts on his community. This time, the OpenSea page for one of its collections displayed a Discord link containing a fraudulent bot.
Beeple’s Discord server victim of phishing
Renowned non-fungible token (NFT) artist Mike Winkelmann, known under the pseudonym of Beeple saw his social networks used again for phishing attempts.
Specifically, it’s Discord. As one NFT collector pointed out on Twitter, the Discord link on OpenSea for the “BEEPLE: EVERYDAYS – THE 2020 COLLECTION” pointed to a lounge with a fraudulent program :
@beeple Your OpenSea BEEPLE: EVERYDAYS – 2020 COLLECTION has a Discord link attached to it that links to a scam CollabLand wallet drainer.
Your Discord URL probably got hijacked and your team didn’t update it on OS. You need to change that ASAP or people going to get rekd. pic.twitter.com/GFMwWU2xd2
—maxnaut.eth (@maxnaut) October 3, 2022
The bot in question is a malicious Collab.Land. Such bots are used on Discord to, for example, check that the user has this or that NFT to access a server. Here, in this case, it would seem that giving permission to this program could have allowed a hacker to empty the contents of the wallet that performed the signature.
Subsequently, Beeple confirmed the phishing attempt, accusing Discord “to be trash» :
it appears our discord URLs were hacked to point to a fraudulent discord. DO NOT go into that discord and do not verify, it will drain your wallet!!
once again massive thanks again to discord for being garbage. 👍
— beeple (@beeple) October 3, 2022
However, some observers note that the problem is not to be blamed on Discord, but to poor management of links on the artist’s side :
No your discord URLs weren’t “hacked”. Mismanagement of discord URLs allows this to happen, probably just like it happened to CryptoBatz.
— OKHotshot (@NFTherder) October 3, 2022
Whatever the reason, the artist did not communicate on possible victims of this attempted scam. On the side of OpenSea, the collection in question no longer displayed a Discord link at the time of this writing.
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The artist already victim of his success
Beeple enjoys great popularity in the NFT world. Last March, one of his works sold for $69.3 million at an auction organized by Christie’s. This notoriety is therefore used by malicious actors to try to steal funds from investors.
Thus, last May, Beeple’s Twitter account had been hackedresulting in more than $400,000 in theft in phishing attacks.
The modus operandi is different this time, it was give authorization to a smart contract thinking of interacting with the Collab.Land bot of the artist’s Discord server.
In order to prevent possible problems, it is recommended to copy-paste the address of the smart contract in a blockchain explorer on such operations before any signature. If, for example, it is noticed that the contract was created recently, while the verification on the Discord server has been in place for a long time, this may be an indication of a scam attempt.
This event shows once again that for any project, artist or popular collection, it is necessary to remain vigilant, because badly caring people will always seek to profit from it at the expense of investors.
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