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Yuga Labs Confirms Discord Server Hack; 200 ETH Worth of NFTs Stolen

Eli Tan-Coindesk
2022-06-06 04:23
The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) Discord server was hacked on Saturday, with the attacker making off with 200 ETH ($360,000) worth of NFTs, according to Yuga Labs.
The hack took place after the project’s community manager, Boris Vagner, had his Discord account compromised, which the attacker then used to post phishing links in both the official BAYC and its related metaverse project called Otherside’s Discord channels.
News of the hack was first reported by Twitter user NFTherder, who also estimates 145 ETH (around $260,000) was stolen along with the NFTs, tracing the stolen funds back to four separate wallets.
🚨BAYC & OtherSide discords got compromised‼️Seems because Community Manager @BorisVagner got his account breached, which let the scammers execute their phishing attack. Over 145E in was stolen Proper permissions could prevent this pic.twitter.com/lCl2DfZQ0W
— OKHotshot (@NFTherder) June 4, 2022
Yuga Labs later confirmed the news in a tweet of its own, saying it is still actively investigating the incident. It did so 11 hours after NFTHerder's tweet.
Vagner ​​is also the manager of his brother, the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Richard Vagner, who co-founded an NFT fantasy football club called Spoiled Banana Society (SPS) with Boris. The attacker also posted a phishing link in the SPS Discord channel, though the message was subsequently deleted, Richard said.
"Hey @everyone we were hacked an hour ago hopefully no one clicked any links,” Richard Vagner said in a Discord message at 9 UTC. “We’ve got back control of the discord and Boris’s account thank god he didn’t delete the whole server.”
It is unclear if anyone in the SBS channel was affected, though Richard has requested information from the Discord members related to the attack.
“We’ll be getting all the tabs back up in the following days & let us know if there’s anything else he messed with,” he said.
The Vagners also run a record label called Metaverse Records. In the same SBS DIscord message Richard independently confirmed that the BAYC and Otherside Discord’s were also “hacked.”
“pls stay safe,” he said.
This is the third time a bad actor has been able to impersonate a Yuga Labs-run account to steal users’ funds. The first was on April 1 when Mutant Ape Yacht Club #8662 was stolen through a phishing link posted in the project’s Discord, with the second coming on April 25 after Bored Ape Yacht Club Instagram and Discord accounts posted a fake link to an Otherside minting.
Last week, actor Seth Green became a prominent example of the type of phishing schemes that run rampant in the NFT sector, when someone successfully scammed him out of his Bored Ape.
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