BAYC Instagram Hacked, Several Bored Ape NFTs Already Lost

Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) confirmed over Twitter on Monday that its Instagram account was hacked. A scam link posted by the hacker appears to have resulted in multiple valuable NFTs being stolen from victims.

  • The link, which has since been taken down, led to a page claiming to be sponsored by Yuga Labs. It called on users to connect their MetaMask wallet in order to be airdropped LAND – an upcoming governance and utility token.
  • However, multiple holders are now claiming to have had their apes stolen from the related scam.
  • The scammer’s address has already amassed an estimated $2.7M worth of NFTs – 91 in total at the time of writing. This includes 4 BAYC, 7 MAYC, 3 BAKC, 1 CloneX, & more.
  • “There is no mint going on today,” tweeted BAYC this morning. “It looks like BAYC Instagram was hacked. Do not mint anything, click links, or link your wallet to anything.”

  • Multiple BAYC accounts have confirmed that there will be an actual airdrop for BAYC Land, but that the mint doesn’t occur April 30th.
  • OpenSea – the largest NFT marketplace – has taken down its link to the scammer’s address.
  • BAYC’s Instagram hack comes shortly after the group’s official Discord was hacked as well. Blockchain security firm Peckshield reported that the hack resulted in one Mutant Ape worth over $68,000 being stolen.
  • Earlier this month, another unfortunate holder was fooled into selling his Bored Ape worth over half a million dollars in a fraudulent NFT swap.
  • One scammer conducted a similar hack on Terra users last week, using a fake Google link to phish for their private keys. He reeled in over $4 million in crypto over ten days from his victims.
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