Beeple Discord URL Has Been ‘Hijacked:’ Details

  • American digital artist, graphic designer, and animator Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann’s Discord URL was “hijacked” and new members were sent to a “fraudulent” wallet-draining Discord channel.
  • It was Twitter user maxnaut.eth that hours earlier connected the Discord link hijack to the Beeple: Everydays — 2020 Collection on the world’s largest NFT marketplace, OpenSea.
  • The Twitter community believes that it was not the fault of Discord, as pointed out by the artist, but that the incident happened due to the mismanagement of Discord URLs.

Renowned name in the non-fungible token (NFT) industry and American digital artist, graphic designer, and animator Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann has recently been the target of the latest phishing scam where attackers hacked his Discord server URL.

On October 3, Beeple warned users that the URL link to his official Discord server has been “hacked,” which is sending new members to a “fraudulent” wallet-draining Discord channel.

Interestingly, Beeple was not the first person to note the hijacking, and it was Twitter user maxnaut.eth that noted via a social media post hours earlier that the Discord link connected to the Beeple: Everydays — 2020 Collection on the world’s largest NFT marketplace OpenSea that was redirected to a wallet draining discord channel.

The Twitter user maxunaut.eth shared a screenshot wherein it was revealed that the new and unaware users were redirected to the “CollabLand wallet drainer,” showing a Collab.Land Bot on Discord. He stated that “your [Beeple users’] 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.”

Interestingly, Beeple is not taking the fall for this one and has stated that it is Discord’s lack of security features that cause such issues. However, the Twitter and NFT community did not agree with the artist and it seems that the investors are gradually losing faith in such projects and their lax security measures which are truly to be blamed.

NFT analyst and blockchain detective OKHotshot reacted to the announcement from the NFT artist and stated that it was not Discord’s fault and added that the URLs were not hacked and alleged that “mismanagement of discord URLs allows this happen, probably just like it happened to CryptoBatz.”

Cybersecurity firm Black Alchemy Solutions Group backs the claims that it is not the fault of Discord and that the true person to blame is Beeple itself. “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,” the firm added.

The faulty Discord links have been picked up by the artist and now they have been resolved as pointed out by maxnaut.eth. There has been a significant rise in Discord attacks and it seems that the NFT community on Twitter and Discord need to be more aware of such incidents.

Interestingly, Beeple is one of the most high-profile members of the crypto and NFT space and the website mentions Elon Musk’s spacecraft manufacturer Space X, tech giant Apple, luxury brand Louis Vuitton and other high-profile companies as clients. The official social media and messaging platforms of the artist have become a target for hackers since the NFT creator is known for selling out some of the biggest NFT collections in history including the First 5,000 Days, a collection of 5000 art pieces which were collectively sold for $69.3 million.

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