Hacker steals $1.8M worth of crypto and NFTs from DeFiance Capital founder Hacker steals $1.8M worth of crypto and NFTs from DeFiance Capital founder

Hacker steals $1.8M worth of crypto and NFTs from DeFiance Capital founder

This proves yet again that even the most experienced crypto enthusiasts are not immune to cyberattacks.

Hacker steals $1.8M worth of crypto and NFTs from DeFiance Capital founder

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Arthur Cheong, the founder of crypto-asset fund DeFiance Capital who is also known as Arthur_0x on Crypto Twitter, became the latest target of a โ€œsocial engineering attackโ€ today, losing roughly $1.8 million worth of crypto and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

โ€œThe only thing I can say to the hacker is: you mess with the wrong person,โ€ Cheong wrote following the attack. โ€œWas pretty careful and stuck with only using hardware wallet on PC until I start trading NFT more regularly. Hot wallet on the mobile phone is indeed not safe enough.โ€

According to Cheong, an unknown hacker (or a group) has compromised his hot (i.e. connected to the Internet) wallet and drained cryptocurrencies as well as NFTs. The latter was then put up for sale on OpenSea marketplace โ€œfor cheap.โ€

In total, it appears the hacker has got his hands on around 80 NFTs (mostly Azukisproceedswhat was), 68 Wrapped Ether, 4,349 Staked DYDX, and 1,578 LooksRare tokens.

At press time, the hackerโ€™s wallet, which has been receiving the profits from NFT sales, held just over 585 Ethereum ($1.76 million) and about $12,700 in other tokens.

No one is safe

A few hours after the hack, Cheong revealed that he apparently fell victim to a โ€œtargeted social engineering attackโ€ and accidentally opened a โ€œspear-phishing email.โ€

โ€œFound out the likely root cause for the exploit, it’s a targeted social engineering attack. Received a spear-phishing email that really seems to be sent by one of our portco with content that seems like general industry-relevant content,โ€ he tweeted. โ€œThey are likely targeting all crypto peep.โ€

Cheong also acknowledged that it was โ€œcarelessโ€ of him to open the attached file and noted that โ€œnone of the anti-virus picked up this file as malicious.โ€ Additionally, the email in question was sent โ€œfrom 2 seemingly legitimate sources.โ€

Namely, from โ€œ[email protected],โ€ as one of the screenshots provided by Cheong showed. As such, the hacker was aiming to disguise himself as Jehan Chu, a co-founder and managing partner at blockchain-focused venture company Kenetic Capital.

Commenting on the attack, Cheong also pointed out that everyone should be always vigilant in the crypto industry, regardless of how much experience in the space they have.

โ€œWell this hit me hard but if I got exploited as a fairly sophisticated 5 years crypto user (DeFi user, password manager, mostly hardware wallet),โ€ he wrote. โ€œI’m not sure how I can persuade most normal people to put a substantial part of their networth onchain anymore.โ€

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