Arthur Mrid, co-founder and CEO of metaverse project The Sandbox, was the victim of a Twitter account hack on May 26, according to a post from Mrid that was apparently me after he recovered the account. The attacker allegedly used Mrid’s account to promote a fake “airdrop” phishing scam.
In Mrid’s post, he warned Sandbox users that they should “never click on any link that promote Airdrop or URL and look SCAMMY – and not 100% using our proper and unique URL/domain name : http://sandbox.game.”
My Twitter was hacked today. and now is back. Please never click on any link that promote Airdrop or URL and look SCAMMY – and not 100% using our proper and unique URL/domain name : https://t.co/X3rXN9z8z7
— Arthur Mrid (@arthurmrid) May 26, 2023
Four hours before Mrid’s post, The Sandbox’s official Twitter account also warned that a scammer h taken control of the account and was promoting “a scam / phishing link for a fake airdrop of SAND tokens.”
The post included a screenshot of the alleged scam post, which ised a SAND token airdrop and encouraged users to “check eligibility and claim on the site,” referring users to a website with a different URL than the official one.
The Sandbox team stated that they were “working on getting the site down and fix it ASAP.”
⚠️ Our CEO & Co-Founder Arthur Mrid’s Twitter account has been hacked ⚠️
The hacker is posting a scam / phishing link for a fake airdrop of SAND tokens.
⛔️Do NOT click on the link and inste report the post so it is blocked.
We’re working on getting the site down and fix… pic.twitter.com/sOqzAV5OUT
— The Sandbox (@TheSandboxGame) May 26, 2023
As of 8:26 pm UTC, the alleged scam site appears to have been taken down, as it now produces a 404 error.
Related: Six Tools Used by Hackers to Steal Cryptocurrency: How to Protect Wallets
Phishing attacks have become a frequent problem in the crypto community. On May 19, a scam-as-a-service called “Inferno Drainer” was reportedly discovered to be operating on Telegram, recruiting website builders to create hundreds of these phishing scam sites. By the time it was discovered, it h reportedly stolen nearly $6 million from users.
On April 15, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky reported that these types of attacks increased by 40% in 2022 compared to the previous year.
META ARTICLE: The Sandbox CEO’s Twitter was hacked, used to promote alleged ‘airdrop’ scam PUBLISHED: 2023-05-26 21:50:00 SOURCE: https://cointelegraph.com/news/the-sandbox-ceo-s-twitter-was-hacked-used-to-promote-alleged-airdrop-scam