Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin's Twitter account hacked

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin's Twitter account hacked

The Twitter account of Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum, has posted a scam that led to many users' Wallets being drained of tokens and valuable NFTs.

On Monday, Vitalik Buterin's social media account was hacked. A malicious actor in Russia used Buterin's X handle to post a phishing link. By Buterin's apparent endorsement, a number of users lost high-value NFTs.

victims were lured into the prospect of minting a commemorative ConsenSys NFT, but found their wallets drained once they confirmed a transaction on the phishing site. The hacker has at one point amassed at least $691,000 worth of stolen loot, according to Etherscan.

Among the hacker's spoils was a piece of NFT history, which Larva Labs Crypto Punk has claimed by a member of the general public.

The current best bid for a Crypto Punk on the NFT market, Blur, is 45 ETH, or about $73,500.

The post has since been taken down, and Buterin is yet to post on X since the incident happened. It's not clear how the account was hacked.