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The fake $OPENAI token tweet was active for about an hour.
Another story of hackers compromising Twitter accounts of celebrities to steal crypto has emerged with the news that Meera Murati, Chief Technology Officer of OpenAI, had her account hacked. An unknown entity managed to gain unauthorized access to your account.
The hacker used Mira’s Twitter account to promote a fake $OPENAI token airdrop, claiming that the token was driven through an AI-based language and would promote decentralization and encourage more people to participate. Will do Ethereum blockchain.
— Max RDLB (@maxrdlb) June 2, 2023
Twitter hacker used phishing link for fake OpenAI website
The link in the tweet took to a website that looked exactly like the official OpenAI site, making it difficult to tell the difference between them. The main issue that any very observant would have noticed was the prompt to connect to the crypto wallet that was supposed to be used for the scam.
In addition to the wallet used was a drainage kit that would drain all nft and the ERC-20 tokens that the victims had in their wallets after signing in to the link. Scammers often use crypto drainers because they provide an automated and quick way to empty a wallet of funds. They use this tool by gaining access to victims’ private keys when they click on phishing links.
The scammer made sure to disallow comments on the tweet, which could have prevented many people who noticed the scam from swiftly informing others. The tweet, which was viewed by nearly 80,000 people and retweeted nearly 90 times, was taken down within an hour. While there are a few tweets from some individuals about getting hacked, there is no official report that anyone has fallen for the trap.
@miramurati Hey Mira, That one tweet you posted emptied my wallet.
— Shilly Birdie (@smackthelippapa) June 2, 2023
The incident raises the alarm for more cautious practices among crypto service providers and users in the industry.
Celebrity Twitter Hacks: A Disturbing Trend in the Crypto World
This is not the first time that the Twitter accounts of notable celebrities Has been hacked. Over the past year, Twitter accounts of several famous people and crypto exchanges were hacked and tagged as one of the biggest Twitter hacks in history. Celebrities involved include Elon Musk, who now owns Twitter, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden and exchanges like binance And coinbase, These attacks were also carried out using fake links.
Aside from the few cases we’ve mentioned here, malicious actors have made great efforts to steal crypto funds. Crypto has been a prime target of many cyber attacks due to its nature. Since crypto technology is still in its infancy, a lot needs to be done to protect and regulate the market. Unless proper regulatory procedures are generally accepted, it can be a haven for criminals.
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