Hacker Steals Over $690,000 After Hijacking Vitalik Buterin's Twitter Account
by MIYAGI - Wednesday September 20, 2023 at 04:54 AM
Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin appears to have fallen victim to a hacker on Twitter, who went on to steal $691,000 from users who followed a corrupted link posted to his feed.

The hack was first noticed on Saturday when a post appeared on Buterin’s post announcing the launch of a set of commemorative non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from software provider Consensys. This malicious link—which could have been shown to many of his 4.9 million followers—prompted victims to connect their wallets to mint the NFT, but in reality, it simply created a vacuum for the hacker to make off with their funds.

On Crypto Twitter, users were quick to raise the alarm about the fake link, but the first apparent acknowledgment that Buterin was hacked came from his father, Dmitriy "Dima" Buterin.

The post has since been deleted, but the damage was done, as a number of victims reported losing access to funds from their wallets. Within the hour, the hacker appeared to make off with more than $147,000, but that quickly increased to $691,000, according to blockchain investigator @ZachXBT.
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