Last week Justin Kan, a co-founder of Twitch, launched an NFT buying and selling platform called Fractal. A server was created in Discord for users to communicate, and it was exactly there that hundreds of people fell victim to scams.
A link has been placed on Kan’s server ad channel, making the whole thing look legit. The post promised a drop of 3,333 NFTs and upon clicking, the site asked to send 1 Sol, Solana’s token. At the time of the coup, each Sol was worth about $187 (about R$1063).
According to reporter Zach Bussey, one of the bots used on Fractal’s Discord server was compromised, allowing hackers to even publish in channels reserved for the moderation team. After the attack by the attackers, Kan took to Twitter to comment on what happened and explain that his team is working to compensate the victims.
– Justin Kan ❄️ (@justinkan) December 21, 2021
In total, the group managed to trick 373 server users into buying 3294 non-fungible tokens. Because the coup plotters demanded that 1 Sol be sent to guarantee the sale of the NFTs, the victims collectively lost about 800 Sol – about US$150,000.
The Twitch co-founder’s team released a note explaining what had happened and promised to “fix” the situation by returning the lost money to the victims.