On Sunday, the Twitter account of one of the most successful NFT artists was hacked, resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency.
Digital artist Beeple was hacked on Sunday by a scammer who posted two tweets from his account. The first tweet cited an exclusive NFT drop with Louis Vuitton, while the second revealed that Beeple would be releasing a set of NFTs for free.
Both tweets were fake, and the person who clicked on the link in the tweet had an ethereum taken from their accounts. According to reports, an estimated $71,000 in cryptocurrency was stolen from users’ accounts.
Winkleman regained access to his account hours after the attack, which he announced in a tweet.
Winkleman tweeted after recovering his account, “Stay safe out there, anything too good to be true IS AF******* G SCAM.” “And as a side note, there will never be a Surprise Mint I mention once in one place starting at 6 a.m. on Sundays.”
Stay safe out there, anything too good to be true is a fucking scam.
And as a side note, starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday mornings there will never be a surprise mint one mention at a location. ,
— beeple (@beeple) 22 May 2022
In response to Winkleman’s tweet, several people reported their encounters by clicking on links to scammers.
“This scam got my only blue-chip NFT stolen this morning. I had the bad luck of bad timing – saw the tweet about 30 seconds after it was posted and thought it was just crazy random charitable stuff you random people are doing. Can change. Tough, valuable lesson,” tweeted one user.
Others questioned whether Winkleman would do anything to help victims of the phishing honeytrap.
Any chance you can return ETH to wallets that have been scammed? It will be a good gesture from a rich artist like himself. How would victims know it was a scam raffle if posted from your verified Twitter account?
— Jimmy 3 (@GreenwickJimmy) 22 May 2022