Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Discord server was once again compromised in a 200 Ethereum phishing attack. The server went through the same thing in April.
On Saturday, a co-founder of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT project criticized Discord after the BAYC’s server was exploited in a phishing scam. A total of Ξ 200, or about $358,962 at the time of the incident, NFTs were stolen from users.
BAYC acknowledged the theft on its official Twitter account and said it’s a good thing the team caught the exploitation and addressed the matter quickly. It also said an investigation was ongoing, and anyone impacted by the incident should contact the team right away.
Not Entirely Discord’s Fault?
Gordon Goner, the BAYC co-founder who lashed out at Discord following the phishing incident, tweeted that Discord “isn’t working for Web3 companies.” He said what they needed was “a better platform that puts security first.”
However, others in the cryptocurrency community are quick to point out that the hack wasn’t entirely Discord’s fault. They said the platform shouldn’t be blamed if BAYC Discord users were not using it correctly.
An analyst with the Twitter handle @NFTherder disagreed with Goner’s insinuation that Discord should be blamed for the security breach. He said the incident was “preventable.” He also said the tool should be used “correctly first before blaming it.”
“Don’t blame Discord for users getting socially engineered, having DMs open and clicking phishing links,” he wrote. “Use the tool correctly first before blaming it.”
It will be remembered that about two months ago, someone had compromised the official Instagram account of BAYC, stealing $2.4 million worth of NFTs in the process. Then, at the start of April, a bad actor compromised the CAPTCHA bot Yuga Labs used to deter spammers. With the June 4 incident, you can’t help people from questioning Yuga Labs, BAYC’s parent company, about its security measures.
This time, the hacker reportedly obtained a community manager’s login credentials and used the official BAYC Discord server to promote a fraudulent giveaway exclusive to BAYC, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, and Otherside NFT holders.
On the other hand, developer Cory.eth, founder of the OpenAvatar NFT collection, addressed Goner’s claims and said BAYC “just need to use the technology better.” He even encouraged Goner to hit him up for auditing or implementation. He even gave some valuable tips on how not to get a Discord channel or server hacked.
The Ape Appeal
Considered one of the most sought-after NFT collections in the NFT space, the quirky ape profile pictures (PFP), more popularly known as BAYC, have attracted the attention of NFT enthusiasts also the rich and famous. Among the celebrities who have snatched up these PFP NFTs are Madonna, Eminem, and billionaire businessman Mark Cuban.
Every BAYC NFT holder has access to an exclusive Discord channel where they can discuss and exchange information about the NFTs. This Discord channel is the same one that was exploited on Saturday.
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