A Hacker Steals More Than $691,000 After Gaining Access to Vitalik Buterin’s Twitter Account

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Last Updated on September 11, 2023 by Bitfinsider

Ethereum developer Vitalik Buterin appears to have been a victim of a Twitter hacker who stole $691,000 from people who clicked on a tainted link posted to his account.

On Saturday, a post appeared on Buterin’s post announcing the release of a batch of commemorative non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from software provider Consensys. This deceptive link, which might have been posted to many of his 4.9 million followers, persuaded victims to connect their wallets in order to mint the NFT, but it instead created a vacuum for the hacker to steal their assets.

Users on Crypto Twitter were quick to report the false link, but the first apparent acknowledgement that Buterin had been hacked came from his father, Dmitriy “Dima” Buterin.

The message has since been removed, but the harm has been done, as several victims have reported losing access to monies in their wallets. According to blockchain investigator @ZachXBT, the hacker appeared to have made off with more than $147,000 within an hour, but that swiftly grew to $691,000.

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