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Yuga Labs co-founder prewarns possible attack, claims Twitter insider involved

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Gordon Goner, the pseudonymous co-founder of Yuga Labs, issued a warning about a possible incoming attack on their social media accounts under the Yuga Labs umbrella after receiving “credible information” that an insider from Twitter would help bypass the security of the accounts.

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Yuga Labs, home to some of the most popular nonfungible tokens (NFTs), including the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Otherside, proactively approached Twitter for security after receiving information about a soon-to-happen orchestrated attack on its social media accounts.

Soon after warning the community, Twitter officials began actively monitoring the activities on the accounts in addition to fortifying their existing security. While issuing the proactive warning, Goner informed investors that the company would never conduct surprise mints — a popular method attackers use to lure in victims.

The popularity and public demand of Yuga Labs’ NFT offerings resulted in the inadvertent rise of ape-themed scams. On June 5, attackers managed to breach into Yuga Labs’ BAYC an OtherSide Discord groups and made away with over 145 Ether (ETH).

An investigation by blockchain detective OKHotshot revealed that the attack was conducted by hacking into the Discord account of Boris Vagner, community and social manager at Yuga Labs.

Related: Optimism loses 20M tokens after L1 and L2 confusion exploited

Optimism layer-2 scaling solution suffered a loss of 20 million OP tokens after falling victim to an exploit in its market maker’s smart contract.

Out of the lot, one million tokens valued at about $1.3 million were sold off and one million tokens valued at about $730,000 were transferred to Vitalik Buterin’s Ethereum address on Optimism. The remaining 18 million tokens remain dormant and can be sold or used to sway governance decisions.

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