Non fungible token (NFT) artist Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann has found himself the target of phishing scammers yet again, warning users that the URL link to his official Discord server was “hacked” — sending unaware new members to a wallet draining Discord channel if they follow the link.
In an Oct. 3 post, the NFT artist warned users not to go into the “fraudulent” Discord channel and verify as it will “drain your wallet.”
it appears our discord URLs were hacked to point to a fraudulent discord. DO NOT go into that discord and do not verify, it will drain your wallet!!
once again massive thanks again to discord for being garbage.
— beeple (@beeple) October 3, 2022
However, Beeple wasn’t the first to notice the URL slight-of-hand, with Twitter user maxnaut.eth noting in a post hours earlier that the Discord link connected to the Beeple: Everydays – 2020 Collection on NFT marketplace OpenSea marketplace may have been “hijacked.”
The screenshot shared by maxnaut.eth suggests that the URL points to a “CollabLand wallet drainer,” showing a Collab.Land Bot on Discord which directs members to verify account ownership — instead it works to drain their wallets, noting:
“Your Discord URL probably got hijacked and your team didn’t update it on OS. You need to change that ASAP or people going to get rekd.”
While Beeple claims the URLs were hacked and that Discord is to blame, other crypto Twitter community members are arguing that lax security measures are truly to blame.
NFT analyst and blockchain detective “OKHotshot” replied to the artist’s announcement, stating the URLs were not hacked but instead alleging: “Mismanagement of discord URLs allows this happen, probably just like it happened to CryptoBatz.”
While cybersecurity firm Black Alchemy Solutions Group commented their belief that it was not “a Discord problem.”
“This is a problem with a mismanagement of the Beeple Information Security apparatus. If you haven’t already, hire a vCISO (Security Officer), web3 doesn’t = Natively Secure.”