- Hackers accessed $751,321.80 USDC from a single wallet.
- The fraudulent tweets appeared to have been deleted within an hour.
The crypto market witnessed its first major cyber attack of the year in the form of a social media hack negatively impacting the NFT project Azuki. On January 27, the Twitter account of Azuki, a well-known non-fungible token (NFT) project, compromised. Enabling hackers to seize USD coins worth over $750,000. Using fraudulent links serving as a “land mint” for the well-known Azuki NFT project, more than $750,000 in USDC, 11 NFTs. Also more than 3.9 ETH stolen in less than 30 minutes.
The suspicious Azuki tweets, which specifically referred to the fake “surprise mint,” led many NFT traders to quickly assume that the account compromised. The fraudulent tweets appeared to have been deleted within an hour. And the official Azuki Twitter account no longer displayed in Twitter search results.
Not for the First Time
On Jan. 27, Emily Rose, community manager for the anime-inspired NFT project, affirmed through Twitter that the Azuki account had been hacked. Additionally warned users not to click any links from Azuki’s Twitter account. After scammers seized Azuki’s Twitter account, hackers were able to “post a wallet drainer link,” according to Dem, head of community and product management at Azuki, who spoke about this on a Twitter Space hosted by Wallet Guard on January 27
The Azuki name and branding have been utilized by hackers before. In April, a hacker seized the official Twitter account of the India University Grant Commission. And started promoting an airdrop of fraudulent Azuki NFTs. Immediately after, authorities were able to take back the account.
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