Popular comedic writer and actor Bill Murray had his Ethereum wallet hacked for around 110 Wrapped ETH (wETH) worth $172,000 late last week.
The auction for The Bill Murray 1,000 nonfungible token (NFT) drop was just coming to a close on Thursday, having generated a total of 119.2 wETH worth of sales as part of a charity fundraiser for Chive Charities.
However, hackers were reportedly watching Murray’s wallet all day and pounced to swipe nearly all of the funds as the sale came to a close.
While it is not 100% certain how the hackers gained access to Murray’s wallet, it is believed to be via a wallet-draining exploit. They are also said to have then transferred the stolen funds to a wallet address linked to the Binance exchange and Unionchain.ai.
Murray’s wallet security team managed to stop the hackers from stealing his blue-chip NFTs such as two CryptoPunks, a Pudgy Penguin and Damien Hirst NFT by shifting them to safe house wallets.
The Bill Murray 1000 consisted of 1,000 NFTs depicting artwork inspired by 100 stories of Murray’s career. The tokens were launched in partnership with Coinbase’s NFT marketplace, with some of the most highly valued NFTs offering buyers a chance to sit down and have a beer with Murray himself.
At the time of writing, Murray’s wallet has just 0.047 ETH remaining, worth roughly $75.
FIFA follows NBA Top Shot route
FIFA, the international governing organization of association soccer, has announced a new NFT project dubbed FIFA+Collect.
It will follow a similar method to Dapper Lab’s widely popular NBA Top Shot, which consists of a marketplace and tokenized in-game-highlight collectibles.
The project is set to launch later this month via FIFA’s digital content platform FIFA+, and the NFTs will depict historic moments from previous FIFA World Cups and FIFA Women’s World Cups. The Algorand-based NFTs will also be accompanied by digital art and imagery relating to the in-game highlights.
The move is part of the promotional build-up to the 2022 World Cup set to take place in…