A veil of darkness engulfed actor Bill Murray after a hacker took off with 119.2 ETH or nearly $ 185,000, raised during a charity fundraiser for a non-fungible token ticket that gives the winner a chance to grab a beer with celebrity.
According to data on the Etherscan chain and Murray’s promotion team, the hackers kept an eye on Murray’s personal wallet during the sale. At around 7pm, when the sale was completed, the hackers withdrew the funds from the wallet before the sale closed.
The auction, organized by The Shack in collaboration with the NFT world of Coinbase, was a collector’s item that is part of the “Bill Murray 1000” collection of actor Bill Murray who seeks to offer fans a blockchain experience by dining with the famous actor.
“Only 82 of the collection’s 1,000 NFTs have been issued so far (only 1/1 comes with the beer utility) and the least expensive edition is advertised on the Coinbase Market (COIN) for 11 ETH, or nearly $. 17,000 “. He said Coinbase in a statement.
Hackers transferred funds to Binance-linked addresses
Hackers used fake identities to transfer funds to a wallet address linked to cryptocurrency exchanges Binance and Unionchain.ai until a security team from consultancy NFT Project Venkman stepped in to safeguard the actor’s NFTs by mixing the expensive JPEGs like a Damien Hirst NFT, two CryptoPunks, a Pudgy Penguin, a Cool Cat and numerous Flower Girls that were already in the wallet.
It was reported that the hacker also attempted to steal 800 NFTs from the actor’s collection that had been reserved in his personal account, but the security team quickly ran a script to abort the transfer when alerted of the fraudulent activity. .
Police reported for catching thieves
Six JPEG collectors entered the bidding process to dine with the actor, and the trial attracted 60 bids. Brant Boersma, a Coinbase user, beat them all, winning a date with the famous actor who will also be in a portrait. It is unclear if the date will happen again with the theft of funds, a police complaint has been filed and Chainalysis is working with law enforcement to track down and arrest the perpetrators.
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