“The hacker posted a fraudulent link to a copycat of the Bored Ape Yacht Club website…”
Millions in ‘Bored Ape’ NFTs were stolen after hackers breached the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project, then advertised a fake distribution of NFTs known as an ‘airdrop’ – which tricked users into clicking a malicious link that gave control over their wallets to the hackers, according to CoinDesk.
The stolen NFTs include several pieces from Yuga Labs, the firm behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club.
According to CoinDesk, the value 54 of the NFTs scammed (24 Bored Apes and 30 Mutant Apes) is around $13.7 million.
“The hacker posted a fraudulent link to a copycat of the Bored Ape Yacht Club website, where a safeTransferFrom attack asked users to connect their MetaMask to the scammer’s wallet in order to participate in a fake Airdrop,” said a spokesperson. “At 9:53am ET, we alerted our community, removed all links to Instagram from our platforms and attempted to recover the hacked Instagram account.”
The company added that it’s investigating how the account was compromised.