Gabriel Leydon’s Twitter Account Hacked, Followers’ Assets Stolen – NFTgators
- The hacker’s wallet received more than 19 ETH.
- The hacker sold the stolen Mutant Ape #5738 for 11.45 WETH.
- Leydon has now regained control of his Twitter account.
Blockchain gaming company Limit Break’s co-founder and CEO Gabriel Leydon had his Twitter account hacked via sim swap at an ATT store at 5:39 PM EST on Wednesday.
The hacker tweeted a scam link from Leydon’s Twitter account, prompting many of his followers to click, ultimately leading to their wallets being drained and assets being stolen. According to Wu Blockchain, the hacker’s wallet (0xd13b093EAfA3878De27183388Fea7D0D2B0AbF9E) received more than 19 ETH. Stolen assets included MAYC #5738, which was sold by the hacker for 11.45 WETH.
The DigiDaigaku Twitter account notified followers that Leydon’s account was hacked, saying that Limit Break will “press charges and seek damages”, but later deleted the tweet.
Twitter user “@fvckbanksy” who claims to work for ATT responded to the now-deleted tweet that “it’s incredibly easy to access sims and bypass sim locks.” He too so that SIM sticks are an additional security measure, but it is still possible for a hacker to bypass them.
At approximately 11:51 PM EST, Leydon tweeted a voice message telling his followers that he has regained control of his account.
A message to the people pic.twitter.com/SdxjmBdOvo
— Gabriel Leydon (FREE, OWN) (@gabrileydon) 3 November 2022
It seems that the group of hackers, called “federal agent ETH”, hacked the account of Alexander Taub, the founder of the NFT project, Goblintown.
Glad you’re back! Our Goblintown founder @ajt was hacked on Monday by the same group (federal agent eth). You should get in touch if you are both involved in something. For the digi community, here’s a thread on how to avoid 99% of scams.💚 https://t.co/56YVuQ10nY
— Wirelyss 🌐 (@wirelyss) 3 November 2022
Leydon has previously sparked controversy on Twitter by pointing to the free-to-own Web3 game model that the Limit Break games will run on, which he claimed would kill free-to-play (F2P) mobile games and wipe out paid coins for blockchain games. This drew the ire of some Twitter users, who thought he was talking about the Bored Ape sale that took place in May.
Binance CEO, CZ,responded with: “VCs have just coined a new term: Free-to-own. If everything is going to be free in the world, why do we have to work so hard…”
Amid the backlash, Leydon clarified that he is a “F2P expert” and that his goal is to “kill F2P and replace it with a better web3-powered F2O model.” While there are many skeptics of his game model, Leydon also has some supporters. Through his public engagement, Leydon has amassed 57,500 Twitter followers, perhaps making him a target for hackers to exploit.
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