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Hacker Admits to Stealing 88 ETH in NFT Scam, Then Returns It

Key Takeaways A hacker tricked NFT community members into sending 88 ETH via a fake mint. The hacker purportedly has been identified and has since publicly claimed responsibility for the attack. The hacker has since returned the funds to the Creature Toadz team, who are planning to refund them to users. Share this article

A hacker has returned over $340,000 in ETH to the Creature Toadz NFT project after posting a fake mint link in Discord. Despite the return of the funds, some members of the community are still insisting that the hacker be held to further account.

Hacker Claims Responsibility on Twitter

The upcoming Creature Toadz NFT project ran into a major roadblock this morning when an anonymous figure hacked their Discord server and tricked members into sending them over 88 ETH, worth more than $340,000 at the time.

Posing as a moderator, the hacker shared a web link portending to be for community members to mint Creature Toadz in what was labeled as a “stealth mint.” Before it was revealed that the weblink was a scam, the community members had altogether sent roughly 88 ETH to the hacker’s address. The team said their Discord was compromised for about 45 minutes.

Surprisingly, however, the funds were later returned by the same hacker who stole them. Many believe the hacker did not have bad intentions and compared it to past attacks, such as those on Poly Network and Cream Finance, after which the funds were returned.

In an insane turn of events, the hacker has returned all the money he stole!!! This is one of the craziest nights of my life. All the affected will be refunded fully in ETH. pic.twitter.com/zNa1K6COuv — CreatureToadz NFT (@CreatureToadz) October 20, 2021

In reality, on-chain analysis had already revealed the hacker’s identity.

OKHotshot, an anonymous NFT analyst, tracked down the identity behind the ETH address that received funds from the fake NFT minting contract used by the hacker.

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