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17 year old hacker returns $340,000 after hacking into CreatureToadz

20 Oct 2021 : 11:35
2 min read
  • NFT project CreatureToadz announced that the attacker who managed to hack their Discord has returned the money
  • 88 ETH was stolen from users who thought they were minting the actual project
  • CreatureToadz will use the returned funds to give everyone who was affected by the hack their money back

NFT project CreatureToadz announced that the attacker who managed to hack their Discord has returned the money. A total of 88 ETH, or about $342 thousand, was returned.

What happened to CreatureToadz?

The project explained in a tweet that, a moderator of the CreatureToadz Discord was compromised. The hacker used the moderator’s Discord account to gain access to the Discord for a total of 45 minutes. During this time, the project developers were sleeping, and the hacker saw an opportunity to send out a fake website called “creaturetoadz.net” where users minted a fake CreatureToadz project. This resulted in 88 ETH being stolen from users who thought they were minting the actual project. The hacker did not steal anyone’s wallets. He just created a function that sends 0.1 ETH to his wallet.

After the hack, the attacker decided it was a good idea to jump into a Twitter space with journalist Andrew Wang. In the Spaces, the NFT community discovered that the hacker was a 17-year-old teen who had school tomorrow and explained that one of the reasons he did it was because he was bored. Because the hacker also used a lot of offensive language during the hosted Twitter spaces Andrew Wang commented on the Twitter Spaces, saying, “I just wanted to apologize again to anyone who was hurt or offended by the spaces tonight. It was a situation I never expected to handle.”

The hacker decided to return the funds

After the Twitter Spaces, the attacker realized it might be better to return the stolen funds. He sent a message to CreatureToadz on Discord telling them he wanted to return the ETH. This conversation resulted in a total of 88 ETH being returned to the creators of CreatureToadz. The website that the hacker had been using has also been taken down. CreatureToadz will use the returned funds to give everyone who was affected by the hack their money back.


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Stan Colenbrander

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Stan is the head of news and podcast host at Cryptonary. He was formerly a member of the Cryptonary Pro community. In early 2021, he decided to drop out of journalism school at university to pursue journalism in real life and make an impact in the crypto space. . His areas of interest include the NFT industry, decentralised finance, and crypto start-ups.

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