Vitalik Buterin’s X Account Hacked: Victims Suffer Approximately $700,000 in Losses

Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin was the victim of yesterday’s phishing attack. In this attack, $700,000 in crypto money and NFT were allegedly stolen, due to the fake posts made on Buterin’s account.

Yesterday, the X (Twitter) account of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin was compromised. In the evening, his father Dmitry Buterin announced this incident on social media, citing a fake post from Vitalik’s account. Dmitry said, “Ignore this post, apparently Vitalik has been hacked. We are working to restore access,“.

Hacked with a Fake NFT Ad

A post was made in the name of Vitalik through the hacked account. The post in question claimed that a feature called “Proto-Danksharding” had been added to Ethereum, although it was later deleted. The link added by the hacker directed users to a website to connect their wallets.

When victims clicked on this link, cryptocurrencies and NFTs were stolen from their wallets. Following the incident, Ethereum developer Bok Khoo stated that he suffered serious losses in his CryptoPunk NFT collection.

According to the post by crypto detective ZachXBT, a total of $691,000 worth of cryptocurrencies and NFTs were stolen. These losses include a CryptoPunk NFT worth 153 ETH (approximately $250,000).

While most NFTs were sold quickly, most of the proceeds were collected in the hacker’s wallet.

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