The official channel of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) on NFTs the popular messaging service Discord has been infiltrated by a malicious program designed to deceive users into minting phony non-fungible tokens (NFT) from the famous
Bored Ape collection, according to a tweet from the firm on Friday.
BASIC Says Discord Is Briefly Being Compromised – Here Is What We Know So Far:
Here is the latest tweet that talks about why BAYS says Discord has been compromising with the mining for APE NFTs.
STAY SAFE. Do not mint anything from any Discord right now. A webhook in our Discord was briefly compromised. We caught it immediately but please know: we are not doing any April Fools stealth mints / airdrops etc. Other Discords are also being attacked right now.
— Bored Ape Yacht Club (@BoredApeYC) April 1, 2022
According to security experts, a ticketing mechanism that checks users and sends channel-wide warnings was hacked.
According to the researchers, clicking on the malicious links that lured users to mint a limited edition NFT would lead to an unlawful script that may steal a user’s NFTs and other wallet information.
THIS IS 100% CONFIRMED. AUDIT LOG FROM DOODLES & SHAMANZS
🚨 TICKET TOOL IS HACKED 🚨
REMOVE IT FROM YOUR SERVER. pic.twitter.com/KKHn5RHCVL
— Serpent (@SerpentAU) April 1, 2022
Several other NFT-focused Discord channels, including Doodles, Shamanzs, and Nyoki, that utilize the same technology saw identical phishing messages, according to pseudonymous blockchain researcher ‘zachxbt.’
Both of the phishing sites are very similar. It has to be the same group behind Doodles & BAYC. pic.twitter.com/2CAMpmufeX
— zachxbt (@zachxbt) April 1, 2022
At the time of writing, the BAYC Discord channel was locked to new members. So yet, just one NFT from BAYC’s Mutant Ape collection has been taken.
ApeCoin (APE), the cryptocurrency tied to BAYC, lost 8.3 percent in the last 24 hours as the crypto market plummeted overall. Bitcoin (BTC) momentarily lost support above $45,000, while ether fell by up to 5%.