Ethereum Co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s X Account Hacked

Vitalik Buterin, Creator of Ethereum Coin and Blockchain
Vitalik Buterin, Creator of Ethereum Coin and Blockchain

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, recently faced a security breach on his X account. Respected blockchain researcher ZachXBT, revealed that the breach resulted in a staggering loss of over $691,000 for unsuspecting victims who clicked a deceptive link.

Clarifying the Vitalik Buterin Incident

On September 9th, Vitalik’s father, Dmitry Buterin, addressed the public via X. He wrote, “Ignore recent posts from Vitalik’s account. It’s been hacked. Restoration efforts are underway.” The controversial post, now removed, announced the launch of “Proto-Danksharding on Ethereum.”

Craftily, the hacker introduced a link purporting to offer a free commemorative NFT. Innocent victims, lured by the offer, connected their wallets, only to find their funds misappropriated.

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As a fallout from the breach, renowned Ethereum developer, Bok Khoo, or ‘Bokky Poobah’ on X, expressed anguish over losses from his CryptoPunk NFT collection. ZachXBT, always at the forefront of updates, highlighted that CryptoPunk #3983 – a prize piece worth 153.62 ETH or roughly $250,543 – was the most significant NFT loss.

The Debate on Account Security

Satoshi 767, an X user, stirred a debate, questioning Vitalik’s security precautions. He commented, “Vitalik ought to admit his security lapses and compensate the victims.” He elaborates further that only internal sabotage at X or a physical threat could exonerate Vitalik. Otherwise, he suggested a SIM swap was the most probable cause.

However, ZachXBT countered these claims. He emphasized, “Speculation on a SIM swap is premature. Given Vitalik’s prominence, possibilities range from insider threats to sophisticated hacking methods.

Unfortunately, this is the latest in a string of high-profile X accounts being hacked. In almost every case, the hackers promote scams, or fake airdrops. Users who lost their money are unlikely to recover any of it.

The hacking of high-profile crypto personalities like Vitalik Buterin underscores the paramount importance of stringent cybersecurity measures. The crypto community awaits further updates as the dust settles, reinforcing the need for unyielding vigilance in the digital age.

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