New Years or not, NFT flights are on the rise. Nikhil Gopalani, the COO of RTFKT, became the latest victim. The executive took to Twitter to reveal that he lost a significant number of NFTs from his wallet in a phishing attack.
“Hey Clone X community – I was hacked by a smart phisher (same phone number as apple id) and sold all my clone x/other nfts… Obviously quite upset and hurt by this and I haven’t really been able to move all day. Hope people who bought my clones like them (being positive).”
- Phishing scams have become commonplace in the crypto ecosystem, where scammers trick users into accidentally handing over credentials to their wallets to initiate an irreversible transaction.
- In chain Data revealed that the attacker had used of them wallets used to collectively drain over $173,000 worth of NFTs from Gopalani’s wallet.
- While one of the wallets was found empty, the other contained 19 CloneX NFTs, 18 RTKFT Space Pods, 17 Loot Pods, 11 CryptoKicks, and 19 RTFKT Animus Eggs, among others.
- Details are slim at this time, but RTFKT CTO Samuel Cardillo said Gopalani may have provided phishers, posing as big companies, with confidential data.
- Many community members were unhappy that leaders chose not to disclose more details about the entire incident and called their responses “very corporate.”
- Cardillo, however, denied the accusation and hinted that a legal investigation may be underway, which may explain why more information could not be shared.
- A Twitter user made an interesting point about stolen NFTs.
“If someone steals your bike, it’s generally understood that the bike is still yours. With an NFT, the “owner” is whoever has the token in their wallet. So, if someone’s NFT monkey is stolen via a phishing scam, the blockchain treats the thief as the new owner.
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