Fraudsters, using data about the artist obtained from numerous open sources, knowledge of social engineering and a simple password set by the artist, were able to hack into a Twitter account.
The attackers immediately posted a new Tweet about an allegedly new collection of NFT paintings. Potential victims of such a divorce were required to transfer 1 ETH to receive a lottery ticket, which allowed them to participate in the drawing of seats to purchase fresh NFT. At the same time, the scammers promised to return the money on behalf of the person if the person does not receive the right to participate in the sale of a new collection of tokens. It would seem a win-win scheme for everyone!
The truth of life was harsher. Until the moment when the artist himself discovered that his Twitter had been hacked and turned to the support service, dozens of his subscribers had already become victims of scammers and transferred funds to the specified address.
As part of this incident, we received several appeals at once, we collected all available information and started an investigation.
Blockchain analysis of transactions showed that funds from the account indicated on Twitter went through a long and complex network of transit addresses (more than 150) to one created on the eve of the incident.
The funds are still stored at the final address and are not withdrawn anywhere. This, in turn, makes it impossible for further investigation in the blockchain at the moment.
No additional digital footprints were found during the hacking of the Twitter account.
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