Not even crypto’s biggest names are safe as NFT marketplace OpenSea’s Discord channels infiltrated by a hacker promoting a scam drop

May 6, 2022, 4:45 PM UTC

Several Discord servers for the NFT marketplace OpenSea were hacked Thursday night by a scammer promoting a fake project, the company said.

A few members of the Discord servers tweeted that OpenSea’s Discord had been hacked early Friday morning. An OpenSea spokesperson said in a statement to Fortune that the company has taken actions against the scammer or scammers and hasn’t seen any malicious posts since 4:30 a.m. ET. Less than 10 digital wallets were affected, and the NFTs stolen were worth less than 10 Ether, or about $26,903, as of Friday, they added.

“We noticed the malicious links soon after they were posted and took immediate steps to remedy the situation, including removing the malicious bots and accounts. We also alerted our community via our Twitter support channel to not click any links in our Discord,” an OpenSea spokesperson said.

Screenshots on Twitter indicate that the scammer was promoting a fake NFT mint that claimed to be a collaboration with YouTube. The link led to a webpage with a YouTube logo that security firm PeckShield identified as a phishing website.

The crypto space has been plagued by high-profile hacks in 2022. An April report by crypto research firm Chainanalysis said that hackers stole $1.3 billion in the first three months of the year. The OpenSea Discord hacks employ a common strategy that scammers have used in other Discord channels and crypto online communities. In early April, Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Discord was hacked by a scammer who posted a phishing link and stole at least one NFT, according to crypto news website TheBlock. Someone also hacked the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s official Instagram last week and stole NFTs worth $2.8 million.

OpenSea told Fortune that it was actively investigating the hack on its Discord and would keep its community updated with new information.

“Our preliminary analysis indicates that the attack had limited impact,” an OpenSea spokesperson said.

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