Ethereum Inventor Vitalik Buterin’s X (Twitter) Account Hacked Resulting $691K+ Loss from Victims' Accounts

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s inventor & co-founder, reportedly had his X (formerly Twitter) account hacked, resulting into loss of $691,000 from users who followed a malicious link posted to his X feed.

According to prominent blockchain investigator ZachXBT, the hacking incident has led to victims collectively losing over $691,000 after clicking on a corrupted link.

Dmitry Buterin, the father of Vitalik, announced on Sep. 9 in a post at X that his son’s account had been compromised and Vitalik is working on restoring access.

The account hack was first noticed on Saturday when a post appeared on Buterin’s post announcing the launch of a set of commemorative non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from software provider Consensys.

This post has a malicious link, which could have been displayed to a large number of Vitalik's 4.9 million followers, and prompted followers to follow the link and eventually connect their wallets to mint the NFT, but in reality, it allowed the hacker(s) to get access to their funds in their wallets.

The post on Vitalik's account was later deleted. However, the damage was done already.

This incident has even led Ethereum developer Bok Khoo, better known as Bokky Poobah on X, to allegedly suffered losses in his CryptoPunk NFT collection.

Notably, no official comment has been made by Vitalik, so far, in this hacking incident. According to ZachZPT, the hacker subsequently sent a stolen NFT to Vitalik.


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