A hacker stole all of the digital assets belonging to non-fungible token (NFT) influencer “NFT God” on Twitter on January 14. One of his almost 90,000 Twitter fans purchased NFT God’s stolen Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFT and promised to return it for the full amount of over $25,000 in exchange for it.
The video streaming service OBS was downloaded earlier today by the influencer, whose true name is Alex. But he clicked on a Google-sponsored link that led to software that was infected with malware. Two weeks ago, John Hammond, a cybersecurity specialist, issued a warning against the bogus OBS program.
A few hours later a follower informed Alex that his Twitter account had been hacked. Within a short period of time, Alex regained control of his Twitter account and erased the hackers’ phishing posts.
Alex discovered after a few hours that the Twitter breach was simply the beginning of a series of attacks. All of his wallets had been emptied of cryptocurrencies and NFTs worth a “life-changing amount,” as per Alex.
How the NFT influencer “screwed up”
Alex learned several hours later that the hackers had also taken over his Gmail, Discord, and Substack accounts. His 16,000 subscribers had received two emails from the attackers that contained phishing URLs.
Alex “screwed up” when setting up his Ledger account, he admitted in a Twitter thread. Despite being “very technical,” Alex entered his seed phrase incorrectly, which “no longer kept it cool,” according to what he wrote.
Alex put off buying another Ledger cold wallet because he hadn’t bought any additional digital assets in months and didn’t have any immediate intentions to do so.
“Not buying a new cold wallet immediately was a deadly mistake. But even with a cold wallet, my entire digital world would still be destroyed. Digital security isn’t just buying a cold wallet. It’s also being careful with EVERYTHING you do on the internet. Everything.”
Due to this oversight, the virus attack on Alex’s workstation gave the hackers access to his crypto and NFTs.