Gutter Cat Gang Falls Victim to SIM Swap Hack: Millions in NFTs Lost!

The Gutter Cat Gang NFT project suffered a significant security breach resulting in the theft of over $1 million worth of NFTs. The hack, believed to be a SIM swap attack, was brought to the attention of the NFT community by concerned members. This article explores the details of the breach, the impact on victims, and the response from the Gutter Cat Gang team.

The incident highlights the urgent need for robust security measures within the rapidly growing NFT space.

TL;DR:

  • Gutter Cat Gang NFT project suffered a security breach, resulting in the theft of over $1 million worth of NFTs.
  • Hackers used compromised accounts to share fake links, draining users’ hot wallets.
  • The incident highlights the need for stronger security measures in the NFT space.

picture of a Gutter Cat Gang NFT next to a now hacked NFT wallet containing other NFTs

Gutter Cat Gang Hack: What Actually Happened?

On July 7, at approximately 8:00 pm UTC, several members of the NFT community noticed a security breach in the Gutter Cat Gang project. Co-founder ‘Gutter Mitch’ took to Twitter to issue a warning. He stated that their Twitter account had been compromised and urged users not to interact with any links. Gutter Ric, another co-founder, also fell victim to the hack. The hackers used the compromised accounts to share links to fake limited edition Gutter Cat Gang NFT sneaker airdrops, deceiving users into clicking on them.

To make the fraudulent links appear legitimate, the hackers incorporated recent Gutter Cat Gang branding and imagery from the project’s phygital sneaker drop. This is the collaboration with Puma and NBA/Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball. When users clicked on these deceptive links, their hot wallets were drained. This then results in the loss of funds from multiple top crypto accounts.

ZachXBT, the prominent blockchain investigator, questioned the cybersecurity measures employed by the Gutter Cat Gang team following the breach. He speculated that the attack was a SIM swap attack, emphasizing the need for the team to urgently consider a compensation plan for the victims. ZachXBT points out that relying on SMS 2FA (two-factor authentication) for social media accounts was a grave oversight. All this, given the increasing instances of SIM swap attacks.

GCG Hack Aftermath: Is NFT Security Really Dead?

ZachXBT further revealed the extent of the damage caused by the breach. Two victims suffered substantial losses: one lost a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT valued at $65,913. Meanwhile the other suffered a staggering loss of $700,000 in NFTs from various blue-chip collections. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks associated with participating in the NFT market. It also highlights the importance of robust security protocols.

Gutter Cat Gang’s Response: Dan (@gutterdan_), another co-founder of Gutter Cat Gang, responded to the incident immediately. He also disclosed that they were working closely with Twitter to regain control over the compromised accounts. He expresses sympathies for the affected individuals and reassures them that the team was treating the matter with utmost seriousness. Gutter Cat Gang also confirmed their collaboration with law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the hack and security breach.

The recent security breach targeting the Gutter Cat Gang NFT project has brought attention to the vulnerabilities within the NFT space. With the theft of over $765,000 worth of NFTs, this incident highlights the critical need for stringent security protocols. The reliance on SMS 2FA for social media accounts is a potential weak point. This example further urges NFT projects to adopt more robust authentication methods. As the NFT market continues to expand, prioritizing cybersecurity measures becomes paramount to safeguarding users’ valuable digital assets. For more information on keeping your NFTs and crypto safe, read our guide to NFT security with Ledger. 

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