NFT Influencer NFT God Loses Life-Changing Amount After Malicious Google Ad
1. An NFT influencer, known as “NFT God” or “Alex” on Twitter, lost thousands of dollars worth of NFTs and crypto after clicking a sponsored advertisement on Google that delivered malware.
2. The malware compromised his crypto wallet, multiple online accounts, and even his Substack account, sending phishing emails to his 16,000 subscribers.
3. Alex lost “a life-changing amount” of his net worth and is warning others to be aware of sponsored ads when downloading software.
An NFT influencer known as “NFT God” or “Alex” on Twitter has recently experienced a major financial loss due to a malicious sponsored advertisement on Google. On Jan. 14, Alex posted a series of tweets describing how his “entire digital livelihood” had been compromised, including his crypto wallet, multiple online accounts, and his Substack account. This attack was triggered by a seemingly innocent Google Ad search result.
The incident began when Alex used Google’s search engine to download OBS, an open-source video streaming software. Instead of clicking on the official website, he clicked the sponsored advertisement for what he thought was the same thing. Later, after a series of phishing tweets posted by attackers on two Twitter accounts he operates, he realized malware had been downloaded from the sponsored advertisement alongside the software he wanted.
Alex soon noticed that his crypto wallet was also compromised, and the next day, attackers breached his Substack account and sent phishing emails to his 16,000 subscribers. The attack resulted in a major financial loss, with Alex reporting that he lost “a life-changing amount” of his net worth.
In order to prevent similar incidents, Alex is warning others to be aware of sponsored ads when downloading software. He is also encouraging people to be careful when clicking on search engine results, even if they appear to be legitimate. Alex’s story highlights the importance of taking measures to protect oneself online, especially when it comes to safeguarding one’s cryptocurrency investments. With the rise of NFTs and crypto, it is more important than ever to make sure that one’s digital assets are secure.