Artist Mike Winkelmann (Beeple) reported a URL hack to his official Discord server. Upon clicking, users were redirected to a fraudulent channel.
“Do not go into this Discord and do not verify, it will empty your wallet!” he warned.
A few hours before his message, suspicious activity with the artist's official channel was noticed by a user named maxnaut.eth. He reached out to Winkelmann on Twitter and said that on the OpenSea marketplace, his BEEPLE: EVERYDAYS - THE 2020 COLLECTION NFT collection has a link to the Discord scammers attached to it.
@beeple Your OpenSea BEEPLE: EVERYDAYS — 2020 COLLECTION has a Discord link attached to it that links to a scam CollabLand wallet drainer. Your Discord URL probably got hijacked and your team didn't update it on OS. You need to change that ASAP or people going to get rekd. pic.twitter.com/GFMwWU2xd2 — maxnaut.eth (@maxnaut) October 3, 2022
According to the posted screenshot, users were asked to confirm their account through the bot, but the actions led to the emptying of the CollabLand wallet.
“Probably your Discord URL has been hacked and the team hasn't updated it in the OS. You need to change this ASAP or people will get hurt,” maxnaut.eth urged.
He later reported that Beeple appeared to have "reacted and fixed" the issue.
The artist himself blamed Discord for the incident, calling the platform "garbage." Cybersecurity experts disagreed with his opinion. According to them, it's more about the improper management of URLs by the Beeple team.
In May, hackers hacked into the Discord servers of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project and posted phishing links. The booty of the attackers was digital assets worth 200 ETH (~$359,000 at the time). Losses of users as a result of the latest attack on Beeple are unknown.
In the same month, hackers hacked the artist's Twitter account. They posted phishing links to a site purporting to be Beeple's collaboration with Louis Vuitton. In total, the attackers earned ~$438,000 in digital assets.
Recall that in March 2021, Beeple sold Everydays: The First 5000 Days in the form of NFTs at Christie’s auction for $60.3 million. Together with fees, the buyer paid $69.3 million.
In May 2022, the artist announced the release of a collaborative NFT collection with pop star Madonna.