He makes a big mistake and loses a fortune in one click

Millions of dollars inadvertently stolen – Malicious hackers, who are after cryptocurrencies, have a wide range of techniques to steal them. The founder of an NFT

game learned this to his detriment after falling for a phishing attack.

A few minutes of inattention to lose everything

On Saturday, July 31, the Internet user known on Twitter under the pseudonym Stazie announced that

he had lost 16 NFT CryptoPunks as well as “a few ETH” after falling into the trap of a phishing attack.

As a reminder, a phishing attack consists in contacting the user of a service, pretending to be the teams of this one. The objective is to redirect the victim to an exact copy of a known site, in order to get his passwords or, worse, his private keys.

According to the information he relayed on Twitter, Stazie was quietly at home when a Discord bot contacted him about a contest to win 10 CryptoPunks on the occasion of the project’s fourth anniversary.

<img src=”//www.w3.org/2000/svg’%20viewBox=’0%200%200%200’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’Phishing message received by Stazie on Discord announcing he could win 10 CryptoPunks” /><img src=”https://yellowrocketagency.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/img_610b112b7b533.jpg” alt=’Phishing message received by Stazie on Discord telling him he could win 10 CryptoPunks” />Phishing message received by Stazie on Discord – Source: Twitter

Without thinking, Stazie clicked on the link and ended up on what he thought was the official website of LarvaLabs, the entity behind CryptoPunks. However, the domain name ended in “.to” instead of the “.com” of the official site.

Once on the site, a fake Metamask pop-up warned her that her security had been compromised and asked her to fill in her seed phrase

to recover her account, which Stazie made the mistake of doing. That’s all it took for the attacker to gain access to Stazie’s wallet and start siphoning it.

“It all went down like a bad dream. I almost felt like I was hypnotized. There was no critical thinking, and that’s beyond silly. The punks and ETH quickly disappeared before I could do anything. “


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A bitter loss for the user

Before he even realized his mistake, 16 CryptoPunks present on his wallet had vanished and with them, some ethers. According to LarvaLabs, 10 CryptoPunks are still held by the crook.

At the same time, the latter rushed to resell 5 CryptoPunks for a total sum of 149 ETH, or about $387,000 at the current price.

<img src=”//www.w3.org/2000/svg’%20viewBox=’0%200%200%200’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=’List of 10 CryptoPunks still held by Stazie’s hacker, during a phishing attack” /><img src=”https://yellowrocketagency.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/img_610b112d24fe1.png” alt=”List of 10 CryptoPunks still held by Stazie hacker, in a phishing attack” />List of 10 CryptoPunks held by hacker – Source: <a href=”https://www.larvalabs.com/cryptopunks/accountinfo?account=0x7a1e345061f170463af6252a613e854cbb164a75″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>LarvaLabs</a>. <p>After realizing his mistake, Stazie spent the night moving the remaining NFTs in his account to the safety of another address along with some WETH. While the situation is “extremely painful and embarrassing,” Stazie decided to speak out on Twitter so that other internet users don’t get fooled by the same ploy. </p> <h2>CryptoPunks craze exploited by hacker</h2> <p>In late June, <a href=”https://journalducoin.com/actualites/nft-cryptopunks-4-ans-histoire/” target=”_self” rel=”noopener”>CryptoPunks had celebrated its 4th birthday</a>. As a reminder, they had been generated and distributed for free 4 years ago, long before NFTs were trending. </p> <p>A few years later and as a result of the growing craze around NFTs, CryptoPunks have seen their value explode. As a result, an $8 investment to claim NFT in 2017 may have turned into several thousand dollars a few years later. </p> <p>Their success doesn’t stop at the crypto ecosystem. In fact, the prestigious auction house <a href=”https://journalducoin.com/actualites/des-actifs-crypto-dun-nouveau-genre-sarrachent-des-millions-chez-christies/” target=”_self” rel=”noopener”>Christies auctioned off several of these Punks last May</a>. In total, that sale brought in over $16 million. Let’s hope they escape the malicious hackers who are always on the lookout for the slightest loophole!</p> <p><em>Get out of that bad Sunday afternoon TV movie and focus instead on your cryptocurrency hoarding strategy, in the quiet away from scams of all kinds. And to get off to a good start, <a href=”https://journalducoin.com/FTX-CTA” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>enroll on the leading platform FTX</a> where you’ll get a lifetime discount on trading fees (affiliate link)</em>!!</p>

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