Just Days After Robinhood Hacked, Azuki’s Twitter Is Used to Promote Scams
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Around 2 a.m. ET, a suspicious group of hackers gained access to the Twitter account of NFT Project Azuki. The attacker used the access to promote a virtual land scam. A similar attack where a group of scammers gained access to Robinhood’s social media accounts a few days back.
The scam post hackers pinned to Azuki’s Twitter account.
Azuki’s Twitter Hacked for Promoting Virtual Land Scam
Trying to take advantage of Azuki’s latest project, the virtual city of Hilumia, the scammers made two posts on the archive’s Twitter page promoting a virtual land giveaway. The second post, removed at the time of writing, is pinned to the front page for maximum visibility.
Project Profile posted early warning on their personal accounts. Its head of community and product manager responded quickly, confirming a hack had occurred and warning against clicking on links in the two scam posts.
A similar hack targeting popular online broker Robinhood occurred earlier this week. The attack lasted less than an hour and attempted to promote the launch of a fake Robinhood token in a series of posts. Prominent online sleuth ZachXBT finds Robinhood attackers made less than $10,000, and Binance’s CZ confirms exchange’s security team Identified and locked the associated wallet,
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Hacks and Scams on Crypto Twitter
The crypto-oriented Twitter community is no stranger to scams of various kinds. Throughout most of 2022, it was a relatively common occurrence to see dozens of accounts pretending to be recognizable brands or personalities on most digital asset-related posts.
Every so often, Twitter users can see tons of “CZ” commenting on an incredible new product, or accounts pretending to be Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin adding them to special ETH airdrop groups. In April 2022, a large number of accounts pretending to be Azuki and giving away free gifts appeared and started spamming the comments.
Outside of Twitter, 2022 has been a record-breaking year for crypto, with an estimated $3 billion lost. October in particular holds an infamous place as a record month in a record year as it saw the attack on BNB Chain, Moolah Markets, and Mango Markets over “Avi” Eisenberg’s “very profitable trading strategy” – which landed him in the dark. prison at the end of last year.
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Tim Fries is the co-founder of The Tokenist. He did B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Tim served as a senior associate in the investments team in RW Baird’s US private equity division, and is also the co-founder of Protective Technologies Capital, an investment firm specializing in sensing, security and control solutions.