Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, had his X (formerly Twitter) account compromised on September 9, 2023. According to prominent blockchain investigator ZachXBT, the incident has led to victims collectively losing over $691,000 after clicking on a malicious link.
The hack began when the hacker gained access to Buterin’s X account and posted a message claiming to celebrate the arrival of “Proto-Danksharding coming to Ethereum.” The message included a malicious link to an alleged free commemorative nonfungible token (NFT) available. When victims clicked on the link, they were prompted to connect their wallets, which allowed the hacker to steal their funds.
The hack was quickly noticed by the crypto community, and Buterin’s father, Dmitry Buterin, confirmed the incident in a post on X. “Disregard this post, apparently Vitalik has been hacked,” he wrote. “He is working on restoring access.”
The hack is a reminder of the importance of security in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Users should be wary of clicking on links from unknown sources, and they should always double-check the authenticity of any NFT or other crypto asset before connecting their wallets.
The hack is a setback for Ethereum, but it is important to remember that the network is still secure. The hacker was able to exploit a vulnerability in Buterin’s X account, but the Ethereum blockchain itself was not compromised.
The Ethereum community is working to improve the security of the network, and the hack will likely lead to new security measures being implemented. In the meantime, users should be aware of the risks and take steps to protect themselves.
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