The official channel of the Bored Ape Yacht Club on the popular messaging service Discord was hit by a malicious tool that aimed to trick users into minting worthless NFTs from the admired Bored Ape collection, as per a recent tweet by the company.
BAYC’s official twitter handle tweeted,
“Do not mint anything from any Discord right now. A webhook in our Discord was briefly compromised,”
BAYC said in a tweet.
“We caught it immediately but please know: we are not doing any April Fools stealth mints/airdrops etc.”
Security researchers referred to a ticket tool that verifies users and pushes channel-wide notifications was compromised. The researchers mentioned that clicking on the malicious links that enticed users to mint a limited edition NFT would lead to an illegitimate script that might steal a user’s NFTs and other wallet information.
Pseudonymous blockchain researcher ‘zachxbt’ pointed out that a couple of other NFT-centric Discord servers, like Doodles, Shamanzs, and Nyoki, that use the same tool witnessed similar phishing messages.
At press time, BAYC’s Discord channel is closed to new members. A single NFT from BAYC’s Mutant Ape collection has been appropriated thus far.
ApeCoin, the native token linked to BAYC, dropped over eight percent in the last twenty four hours amid a broader decline in the digital asset market. Bitcoin briefly lost support at the 45,000 USD mark, while ETH dropped as much as five percent.
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