Blockchain Gaming Company ‘Animoca’ to Repay Users 265 ETH After Fake NFT Discord Hack

November 27, 2021, 9:45 AM AEST - 1 month ago

Hong Kong-based gaming software and venture capital firm Animoca Brands has reassured victims of the recent hack of its upcoming “Phantom Galaxies” game’s Discord Server that the company intends to cover their losses.

Losses incurred totalled 265 Ether (ETH), worth about US$1.1 million. The details of the reimbursement have yet to be announced, according to the company’s website.

Fraudulent Minting Leaves Users Out of Pocket

The “Phantom Galaxies” game, which is being developed by Animoca Brands’ Australian-based subsidiary, Blowfish Studios, was hacked at around 3am on November 19. The hack involved stolen money in a fraudulent non-fungible token (NFT) sale on Discord.

The hack involved 1,571 fake minting transactions over the course of three hours. According to Animoca, there was no evidence that smart contracts were compromised, and no money was stolen from the game, its developer, or its publisher. Hackers directed users to a website charging users a 0.1 ETH fee, which then sent the funds to the hackers’ Ethereum address.

The Phantom Galaxies Discord server has about 94,000 members to date. Animoca Brands has said the method of compensation for their lost ETH will be determined following discussions within the Phantom Galaxies community. Both Animoca and Blowfish took to Twitter to apologise to their users:

Hacks and Scams on the Rise

Hacks on Discord are becoming increasingly common. Similar to this hack, earlier in the year MetaMask wallet was hacked for US$10,000 by a deceptive Discord member. One user lost about US$10,000 from their MetaMask Wallet at the hands of a scammer in Discord using a fake WalletConnect app.

Last month, Crypto News Australia reported on a 17-year-old who sold fake NFTs in a US$500,000 scam. Iconic Sol, an NFT project built on the Solana (SOL) blockchain, had apparently rugged investors after failing to deliver the promised NFTs and disappeared with US$500,000.

The teenager had promised to deliver 8,000 NFT artworks on the project’s Discord channel, and some of the tokens were supposed to be available in a presale on October 1. A total of 2,000 NFTs were up for grabs for a price of 0.5 SOL each, and many of them sold out quickly.

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