MEV gain, an Ethereum (ETH) arbitrage trading bot built by MEVbots, which claims to provide stress-free passive income, has been actively draining its users’ funds via a fund-stealing backdoor.
Arbitrage bots are programs that automate trading for profits based on historical market information. An investigation of MEVbots’ contract revealed a backdoor that allows the creators to drain Ether from its users’ wallets.
Our analysis confirms what the @mevbots promotes for the so-called “MEV gain” has a fund-stealing backdoor. Do *NOT* fall prey to it https://t.co/z2eDqMF36b. And thanks @monkwithchaos for the heads-up https://t.co/dhSNGljoH0 pic.twitter.com/HWfCAwbae4
— PeckShield Inc. (@peckshield) September 23, 2022
The scam was first pointed out by Crypto Twitter’s @monkwithchaos and later confirmed by blockchain investigator Peckshield.
Suspect account @chemzyeth promoting MEV services. Source: Google cache
Following the revelation, primary promoter of MEV @chemzyeth disappeared from the internet.
@chemzyeth’s Twitter account deleted after community callout. Source: Twitter
Peckshield further confirmed that at least six users had fallen victim to the backdoor attack.
Transaction of stolen funds from MEV gain’s fund-stealing backdoor. Source: Peckshield
However, considering that the contract is still active, at least 13,000 unwary followers of MEVbots on Twitter remain at risk of losing their funds.
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