Vitalik Buterin’s X Account Hacked in $690,000 Crypto Scam
In a startling turn of events, Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum and a prominent figure in the cryptocurrency world, fell victim to a phishing attack on his X (formerly Twitter) account. Scammers used his compromised profile to deceive unsuspecting users into a crypto scam, resulting in losses exceeding $690,000.
The attack unfolded with a fraudulent post on Vitalik Buterin’s X profile, claiming to “celebrate Proto-Danksharding coming to Ethereum” by offering a collection of “free” non-fungible tokens (NFTs). This deceptive post lured individuals with the promise of exclusive digital collectibles.
Vitalik Buterin’s father, Dmitry Buterin, took to X to alert users about the suspicious tweet and urged them to disregard it, confirming that his son had been hacked. Dmitry also reassured the community that Vitalik was actively working to regain control of his account.
The fraudulent post encouraged victims to click a link, connect their cryptocurrency wallets, and claim the commemorative collectibles. Among the unfortunate victims was Ethereum developer Bok Khoo, who tweeted about his losses, stating that he had “lost a few Punks” and cautioned his followers not to engage with the scam.
ZachXBT, a blockchain enthusiast and crypto detective known for exposing malicious actors in the crypto space, revealed that the scammers behind the attack had successfully drained a total of $691,000 from unsuspecting victims. Notably, stolen assets included valuable Cryptopunks, with Cryptopunk #3983 and Cryptopunk #1751 estimated to be worth 153.62 ETH (approximately $250,000) and 58.18 ETH, respectively, at the time of the incident.
Chinese crypto journalist Colin Wu, also active on X as Wu Blockchain, joined the chorus of warnings regarding the suspected hacking of Buterin’s account. He recalled a similar incident earlier in the year when the X account of Hayden Adams, the founder of Uniswap and a member of the Ethereum Foundation, was targeted. Wu went further to suggest a possible link between the hack of Vitalik’s Twitter account and a group of hackers known as “Pink Drainer.”
This incident highlights the vulnerability of prominent figures in the crypto community to scams and phishing attacks on social media platforms. It serves as a reminder that users should exercise caution and verify the authenticity of posts and links before engaging in any cryptocurrency-related activities online.