OpenSea Discord encounters hack; this time, YouTube is involved

Sahana Kiran
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With the raging fervor around NFTs, OpenSea managed to emerge as the largest NFT marketplace in the world. From celebrities to the average Joe everyone flocked to the platform to pocket their very own NFT. Just when the platform was enjoying its success, it succumbed to several attacks that caused monetary loss to many. Just as users and the platform itself were recovering from the hacks it endured at the beginning of the year, the official Discord of OpenSea encountered another hack.

Amidst the Coinbase’s NFT marketplace’s failed launch, tweets about how the discord channel of OpenSea was hacked began surfacing. One Twitter user brought this to light and noted how YouTube was dragged to lure investors.

The OpenSea announcement read,

“We have partnered with YouTube to bring their community into the NFT Space, and we’re releasing a mint pass with them that will allow holders to mint their project for free along with getting other insane utilities for being a holder of it.

You are able to get this mint pass below for 100% free. There will only be of these however, once they are gone they won’t be coming back and you will have to purchase off the Opensea marketplace. Congratulations to those who get one.”

Following this message, a link to the “YouTube Genesis Mint Pass” for free was posted.

Has OpenSea partnered with YouTube?

The crypto-verse uses Twitter for important announcements. Partnering with a platform as significant as YouTube would certainly spike up the volume. OpenSea, however, did not make any such announcements. Another Twitter user alerted the community to steer clear of the phishing link and affirmed the credibility of the hack.

Furthermore, as mentioned in the above message, the hacker pointed out that there would only be 100 free mint passes. Following the original message, the hacker went about updating the discord that 80 percent of it was already sold.

Following this message, the support line of the NFT marketplace confirmed the hack and revealed that they were looking into it.

Source – Discord