An NFT influencer with the Twitter handle @NFT_GOD claims to have lost thousands of dollars’ worth of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and crypto in a Google Ads-delivered malware attack.
On 14th January, NFT God, also known as Alex, shared on Twitter how his “entire livelihood was violated.” In the thread, he explained how his online accounts, including Twitter, Substack, Gmail, and Discord, were hacked into and his crypto wallet compromised after he accidentally downloaded malicious software from Google Ad.
Blockchain data confirms that the NFT influencer lost at least 19 Ether, worth nearly $27,000 at the time, a Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) NFT with a current floor price of 16 ETH ($25,000), and multiple other NFTs.
This should not come as a surprise since malicious hackers have a history of exploiting Google Ads to spread malware through the Google search engine. In February 2018, hackers managed to steal over $50 million in Bitcoin after using Google Ads to buy the top result slot on the Google search engine.
On the other hand, the attacker moved most of the ETH through multiple wallets before sending it to the decentralized exchange (DEX) FixedFloat, where it was swapped for unknown cryptocurrencies.