BAYC Co-founder Thinks That the Community Needs a Better Platform Than Discord

Vignesh Karunanidhi
BAYC Cofounder Thinks That the Community Needs a Better Platform Than Discord
Source: Cryptonary

Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) co-founder criticizes Discord after hackers steal NFTs worth over 200 Ethereum from users.

The intrusion was discovered initially by on-chain analyst OkHotShot, who speculated that the hackers may have gained access to servers since the project’s Community Manager, Boris Vagner, had his account hacked by unknown individuals.

Hackers obtained access to the Discord servers of two Yuga Lab projects, Bored Ape Yacht Club and OtherSide Metaverse, in the early hours of Saturday and stole at least 32 non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The actual figures were later confirmed by the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s (BAYC) official Twitter account.

BAYC’s co-founder thinks that Discord isn’t working for web3 communities

Gordon Goner, one of the co-founders of the popular BAYC NFT collection, took to Twitter following the hack to express his disappointment with Discord.

“Discord isn’t working for web3 communities. We need a better platform that puts security first.”

Gordon Goner

But the community doesn’t side with Goner’s statement and thinks the opposite. An on-chain analyst, OkHotShot, who identified the hack first, wrote that:

“Don’t blame Discord for users getting socially engineered, having DMs open, and clicking phishing links.”“Use the tool correctly first before blaming it.”


Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time that attackers have gained access to BAYC’s social media accounts. Its Instagram account and Discord channel were hacked earlier this year, resulting in a $13 million loss.

The fact that Bored Ape’s collection is regarded as one of the most valuable assets in the NFT market may explain the frequency of these attacks. Over $2 billion in secondary sales have been documented for the NFT collection. Celebrities including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and many others of their pieces of BAYC NFT.

Camo Chameleon Club, Wibin Wolves, Art of Mob, Not Bored Apes (Solana), and Cardania Discord channels were also compromised shortly after the BAYC hack.