Noted crypto investor NFT God, owner of a confused mutant Bored Ape NFT they call Henry, stole all of their cryptocurrency and other digital assets after clicking a sponsored download link on Google for the popular streaming app, OBS.
“I lost a life-changing portion of my net worth,” reads the top post in one wire (opens in new tab) on NFT God’s Twitter account. Here, in this space where they post “Daily Personal Growth Tips,” the thread goes into some rich narrative detail about the incident (via Web3isgoinggreat (opens in new tab)).
“I sat on the couch stunned. I knew this was just the beginning. This wasn’t a wallet compromise. My entire digital livelihood was under attack.” After they erased everything and reset their passwords, the post continues, “My heart raced like a Ferrari as I ran to change my substack password on my phone.”
Not only were NFT God’s wallets all emptied, their personal Twitter was compromised, along with their 1% better business account. In addition, their family, friends and followers received messages full of phishing links to try to trick them into meeting the same fate – including their 16,000 Substack followers.
I would lose this ugly, snot-nosed PFP and all my Ethereum 100 times over if doing so kept the trust and love of those who support me. I lost my cool when I saw my community compromisedJanuary 15, 2023
“My Substack means more to me than anything in my life that isn’t human. It’s where I create my most personal work. It’s where I build my community. It’s the personal achievement I’m most proud of in my life.”
It’s all a bit confused how easy it is for cryptocurrency investors to bulldoze their entire livelihood like this due to a few minor mistakes.
User @suthie86 (opens in new tab) managed to snipe NFT God’s Bored Ape after it was stolen, and it appears Henry is now safely home with his owner. I believe that transaction was about 16.65 ETH ($25,800 at the time of writing), which is essentially the price Dr. 1% Better over here originally paid. Then no ransom is asked here.
Subsequent posts on NFT God’s 1% Better account seem to nod to the recent turmoil. “There’s only one way to ensure growth: discomfort.”
So maybe they at least learned something from the experience.