Over the weekend, an infamous hacker known as Jason Brubeck succeeded in stealing approximately 850 ETH ($1+ million) worth of Bored Ape collection, leaving his victim completely devastated.
The news was first broken by @serpent, who had been able to trace and identify the suspect’s activity with impressive precision through phishing tactics. Such egregious fraudulence is a stark reminder of how important it is for all users to remain vigilant when trading digital assets online.
Through a carefully planned attack involving intricate social engineering tactics, 14 of the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s NFTs were stolen from the victim by the Hacker.
According to @serpent, the hacker contacted the victim and asked to license IP rights for BAYC #2060. They claimed to be a casting director for Forte Pictures, an L. A. based Emmy Award-winning company. While the studio exists, the alias the scammer used was fake.
The scammers pretended they were creating an NFT-related film called “The Return of Time” in collaboration with “Unemployd.” Unemployd was an “AI-powered social IP platform for NFTs,” also a scam.
The hacker was able to lure the victim to sign seaport signatures/contracts outside Opensea using a fake website to steal the Bored Ape Collection.