We had some scary news late Tuesday, as the NBA Top Shot Discord suffered a hack that resulted in over 14 ETH of stolen funds from the community.
The bad actors used a sophisticated tactic (which NBA Top Shot Community Rep El Dumbo details here
) to gain access and post in the “announcements” channel posing as the Top Shot team — and detailing a “new NBA Top Shot ETH NFT” with a link to mint.
The Top Shot team seems to have locked things down very quickly and patched up the vulnerability — shout out to El Dumbo for the quick action!
While in hindsight it may look very fishy, in today’s NFT world of stealth launches, stress tests and minting mania, sometimes we fall into the trap of “mint now, ask questions later”. Especially when we believe its coming from a reputable source like NBA Top Shot.
TLDR — be vigilant with your security, especially when it comes to Discord and clicking links. Scammers and hackers are getting more sophisticated every day, and the decentralized nature of NFTs and Crypto means that there are far less safety nets around for those who fall victim to these bad actors.