25. September 2023

. NFT Influencer Loses Life-Changing Sum After Clicking Malicious Google Ad

• An NFT influencer, known as „NFT God,“ lost a large sum of their net worth in NFTs and crypto after clicking a malicious Google Ad.
• The ad was disguised as a legitimate download for OBS streaming software, but instead it contained malware that compromised the influencer’s wallet and other accounts.
• The attack was revealed after a series of phishing tweets and emails were sent out from the influencer’s accounts.

An NFT influencer and crypto enthusiast has recently experienced a devastating loss of their digital assets after they unwittingly fell victim to a malicious Google Ad. The influencer, known as “NFT God” on Twitter, posted a series of tweets on January 14th describing the attack that had been launched against them, saying they had lost a “life-changing amount” of their net worth in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and crypto.

The attack began when the influencer, who is known by the pseudonym “Alex,” searched for OBS, an open-source video streaming software, on Google. Instead of clicking on the official website, Alex clicked a sponsored advertisement for what he thought was the same thing. Unbeknownst to him, the sponsored link contained malware that was downloaded alongside the software he wanted.

It wasn’t until hours later, when Alex noticed a series of phishing tweets posted by the attackers on two of his Twitter accounts, that he realized something was wrong. After receiving a message from an acquaintance, he also noticed that his crypto wallet had been compromised. The next day, the attackers had breached his Substack account and sent phishing emails to his 16,000 subscribers.

As a result of the attack, Alex lost a large sum of their net worth in NFTs and crypto. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of clicking on sponsored links, as well as the importance of having strong security measures in place to protect one’s digital assets. Alex has since taken steps to secure his accounts and is warning others of the potential risks associated with clicking on sponsored links.