Taking advantage of the huge interest in non-fungible tokens (NFTs), OpenSea has grown to become the world’s largest NFT marketplace.
On May 6, news emerged that the OpenSea Discord channel had been hacked as a link was posted to a phishing site in partnership with YouTube.
The fake OpenSea announcement read:
Picked for you
“We have partnered with YouTube to bring their community into the NFT Space, and we’re releasing a mint pass with them that will allow holders to mint their project for free along with getting other insane utilities for being a holder of it.”
“You are able to get this mint pass below for 100% free. There will only be of these however, once they are gone they won’t be coming back and you will have to purchase off the Opensea marketplace. Congratulations to those who get one.”
The statement was followed by a link to a free version of the “YouTube Genesis Mint Pass.”
No announcement made by OpenSea
A partnership with a site as large as YouTube would almost surely increase traffic, but OpenSea has not made any such announcements yet.
As previously noted in the message above, the hacker pointed out that there will only be 100 free mint passes available for distribution. Following the first message, the hacker set about altering the discord to reflect that 80% had already been sold.
Following the receipt of this communication, the NFT marketplace’s support line verified the breach and said that they were investigating the situation, and the channel has now been hidden from users.
This comes on the heels of similar hacks in the NFT sphere, where Discord servers are often hacked in order to advertise fictitious giveaways. This occurred on the Discord channel of the Bored Ape Yacht Club.