OpenAI CTO’s Twitter Account appeared to have been taken over by hackers after it promoted an obvious crypto scam. In a sad development, Mira Murati,
OpenAI CTO’s Twitter Account appeared to have been taken over by hackers after it promoted an obvious crypto scam. In a sad development, Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer of OpenAI fell victim to the growing social media account hack earlier today.
The crypto community on Twitter warned others to disregard the link posted on the page which directs to a website for a cryptocurrency airdrop. The account tweeted on June 2 what looked to be a phishing link promising the airdrop of a scam OPENAI token which was named after the company that created ChatGPT.
Murati has a verified account with over 126,000 followers. The phishing post was live for about an hour at which time it had already garnered over 60,000 views and over 80 retweets before it was taken down. Also, the perpetrators turned off replies on the post to prevent people from dropping warning comments.
The linked website
The culprits appear to have created a clone of the original ChainGPT website with the same design and layout but with little changes. The most notable change is the addition of a prompt for users to connect their crypto wallets.
Some users quickly detected the fakeness and took to their Twitter account to warn others speculating that Mira has been a victim of a SIM attack.
We don't know what's going on yet (SIM attack?)
But NO WAY this is really Mira. This is a scam. https://t.co/zlp4SsR41l
— Mark Jeffrey (@markjeffrey) June 2, 2023
Once on the website, it lures you to sign in and thereafter drains all the assets in your wallet as confirmed by a security researcher from blockchain security company Beosin.
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Once a user signs in, the attackers will transfer all assets including NFTs and all ERC20 tokens from the victims wallet. At press time, there have been no statement from Mira regarding the hack.
User falls victim
Because the tweet was up for a considerable amount of time and with the volume of engagement it already had before deletion, some users had already fallen victim to it. Most notably, a twitter user @Shilly Burdy tagged Mira to a tweet where he complained that his wallet was drained after he followed the link posted by the attackers.
@miramurati Hey Mira, my wallet was just drained from a tweet you posted.
— Shilly Burdy (@smackthelipwapa) June 2, 2023
Sadly, this is the reality with crypto and investment. There will also be others like this out there who lost their hard earned money to sophisticated crypto scams like this. You are always advised to conduct extensive research and do due dilligence before making any decisions.
Read out previous post about some popular crypto scams and how to avoid them.